Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 -  first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 - first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

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Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

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Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

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The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.The last photo transmitted by Messenger before it crashed into the surface of Mercury.

The unmanned Messenger probe has completed its Mercury mission, going out with a bang.The last photo transmitted by Messenger before it crashed into the surface of Mercury.

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Extraordinary video shows entire surface of Mercury in full colour for the first time

Extraordinary video shows entire surface of Mercury in full colour for the first time

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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.

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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