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Earth and moon from Mercury's orbit
Science Wire | Oct 11, 2014

MESSENGER spacecraft sees lunar eclipse from Mercury

The MESSENGER spacecraft, now orbiting Mercury, caught the images to make this movie of last Wednesday’s lunar eclipse. See Earth and moon from Mercury!

Very closeup look at planet Mercury.  Image obtained on August 3, 2014, via NASA / JHU / APL MESSENGER spacecraft.
Today's Image | Oct 09, 2014

One of the sharpest images ever obtained of Mercury

This unnamed crater is only 1.5 kilometers / 0.93 miles wide. It’s made more visible by the deep shadows cast on a Mercury afternoon.

Science Wire | Sep 29, 2014

Mars and its atmosphere, seen by MOM spacecraft

Two early images from India’s MOM spacecraft. One shows an edge of Mars, with the planet’s tenuous atmosphere above. The other shows the whole planet. Beautiful!

Science Wire | Sep 17, 2014

Racing toward Pluto, spacecraft spies tiny moon Hydra

The New Horizons spacecraft – due to encounter Pluto in July 2015 – has spotted Pluto’s small, faint, outermost known moon, called Hydra.

Closeup on Site J, the landing site for the Philae lander in ESA's exciting Rosetta comet mission.
Science Wire | Sep 15, 2014

ESA announces landing site on Rosetta’s comet

Rosetta spacecraft has been moving in tandem with its comet since August. On Monday, ESA announced the site of a November landing.

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Today's Image | Sep 15, 2014

Mars moon Phobos in front of sun on August 8

The Curiosity rover on the floor of the Gale Crater caught this image of Mars’ larger moon Phobos passing in front of the sun on August 8, 2014.

Science Wire | Sep 11, 2014

Rosetta spacecraft selfie with comet

An otherworldly take take on an earthly trend, as Rosetta poses with its comet, 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko.

Neptune and Triton as seen by New Horizons.
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2014

Pluto-bound New Horizons crosses Neptune’s orbit

NASA says this is New Horizons’ last major crossing en route to becoming the first probe to make a close encounter with distant Pluto on July 14, 2015.

Landing site finalist A
Science Wire | Aug 25, 2014

Five finalists for Philae landing site on Rosetta’s comet

Five finalists named as potential landing sites this November for Philae lander in ESA’s fabulous Rosetta comet mission. Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko, here we come.

Neptune and Triton, via Voyager 2
Blogs | This Date in Science | Aug 25, 2014

Back to the future with Neptune’s fascinating moon Triton

On the anniversary of Voyager 2’s encounter with Neptune and Triton … an awesome collection of restored Voyager 2 images, plus the link between Triton and Pluto.