Support of the Messenger Principal Investigator
DESCRIPTION: Understanding Mercury and how it formed is critical to better understanding the conditions on and evolution of the inner planets. To address key science questions about Mercury's formation and evolution, MESSENGER journeyed through the inner solar system and became the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury.
OUTCOMES: Mercury is a volatile-rich planet, polar water ice deposits, offset magnetic field, hollows, volcanic deposits, global contraction, seasonal exosphere, dynamic magnetopshere, energetic electrons, field aligned currents
MISSION VIDEOS: https://messenger.jhuapl.edu/Explore/Videos.html
Mission to Mercury May Hold Clues to Earth’s Origins, featuring Sean C. Solomon