Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

May 10, 2016

Mercury rising: Planet completes rare transit of sun

Astronomers celebrated Monday witnessing one of the highlights of the skywatchers’ year, when the sun, Mercury and Earth all lined up — a phenomenon that happens just a dozen or so times per century. Mercury was seen through telescopes as a black dot inching ...

Feb 3, 2016

Japan joins Minamata convention against mercury pollution

Japan on Tuesday became the 23rd country to join the Minamata Convention on Mercury, an international pollution treaty on the toxic metal that requires approval by 50 countries for it to take effect. The convention describes mercury as “a chemical of global concern.” It ...

NASA's Messenger orbiter slams into Mercury

May 1, 2015

NASA's Messenger orbiter slams into Mercury

NASA’s pioneering Messenger spacecraft ended its four-year study of the planet Mercury on Thursday by crashing into the planet’s surface, scientists said. Flight controllers at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland earlier estimated that Messenger, traveling at more than 8,700 mph ...

NASA orbiter to slam into Mercury on Thursday

Apr 30, 2015

NASA orbiter to slam into Mercury on Thursday

NASA’s Mercury-orbiting spacecraft, Messenger, is going out with a bang this week, adding a hefty crater to the little planet closest to the sun. The first spacecraft to circle Mercury, Messenger is expected to slip out of orbit and slam into Mercury on Thursday ...