Closeups of Mercury – Photos start rolling in

Image courtesy of NASA

This nifty little tidbit crossed our desks late last week, but kept getting bumped for other, more time-sensitive articles. However, we definitely weren’t gong to let it slide by without a mention.

A couple of weeks ago, we mentioned NASA’s MESSENGER probe, which was sent to go study Mercury and return the first data about the planet since the Mariner 10 mission in the 1970s.

Well, MESSENGER has reached the innermost planet of our solar system and has started sending back pictures. Space.com has about three dozen pictures in a gallery, consisting of photos sent back by MESSENGER along with artists’ conceptual paintings. The official MESSENGER mission page has a host of other information, including mission details, more pictures, and an FAQ to cover most basic questions.

Obviously, we here at OWC have an interest in this mission; after all, our “Mercury” line of storage solutions and SSDs are a huge part of our product line. Getting a closeup look at its namesake planet (and the first look in over 30 years), is pretty darn interesting to us.


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