John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

John Glenn's Mercury mission was the first American space flight around the world. #Infographic

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Bright: This enhanced photo image of Mercury the Messenger probe was taken during a flyby of the planet in 2008. Nasa said more stunning pictures could emerge after the probe entered Mercury's orbit

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Since entering Mercury orbit on March 17, 2011, NASA’s MESSENGER Spacecraft has provided astronomers with over 250,000 images and extensive other data sets.

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Earth and Moon from Mercury orbit, with Moon entering eclipse. Imaged on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 by MESSENGER, a spacecraft in orbit around Mercury.

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MESSENGER Completes Second Burn to Maintain Mercury Orbit by JASON MAJOR o9/22/14 Illustration of MESSENGER in orbit around Mercury (NASA/JPL/APL)

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Mercury is the closest planet to the sun and has a thin atmosphere, no air pressure and an extremely high temperature.

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this article is interesting -- must research more but its presentation is quite lovely - how there is a strange symmetry in the earth and its environs...i.e. the moon and sun...

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The Golden Age of NASA Infographic | shared by mattb434 | Dec 04, 2014 | in Science | Every US space mission from Mercury to Apollo-Soyuz with astronauts color-coded by selection group.

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