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NASA spacecraft to crash into Mercury | Reuters

Apr 30, 2015    

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (Reuters) - NASA's pioneering Messenger spacecraft is expected to end its four-year study of the planet Mercury on Thursday by crashing into the planets surface, scientists said.Out of fuel to maneuver, Messenger is being pushed down by the suns gravity closer and closer to the surface of Mercury.Flight controllers at the John Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory in Maryland predict that Messenger, traveling at more than 8,700 mph (14,000 kph) will hit the ground near Mercurys north pole at 3:26 p.m. EDT/1926 GMT.The impact will add a new 52-foot-wide (16 meter) c...

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