Post-1900 NASA Mission


Launch (date of when he went to space) - 3rd August 2004

Dates of Discoveries - On the 8th March 2011, the Messenger became the first spaceship to orbit Mercury.

Technology - The Pale Blue Dot - Distant Spacecraft Photograph

Contributions Made to our knowledge - That there are volcanoes on Mercury. The volcanoes can also measure up to 25km in length. The core takes up 85% of the inside of the planet.

In the bottom right corner is a picture taken by Messenger of Mercury

Interesting Facts

The Messenger was the 2nd spacecraft sent to Mercury. Mercury is the least explored planet in the Solar System. The Messenger had to travel 7 900 000 000km to reach Mercury. The spaceship orbited the Sun 15 times before it orbited Mercury.