“After 4,104 orbits of Mercury and billions of miles of space travel, NASA’s Messenger orbiter ended its mission with a quiet bang on Thursday. Messenger crashed into the planet it has been orbiting for four years.”
According to an NPR article, “Messenger was launched from Earth in 2004. It took years just to get to Mercury and years more to reach orbit around Mercury in 2011. Now, after studying Mercury’s craters, it will make a new one — NASA says its impact crater should be about 52 feet wide.”
To read more of this article on NPR, click here.
For information about Messenger’s 10-year life and accomplishments visit the NASA website here.