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Friday, April 20, 2018

As Messenger nears crash landing on Mercury, scientists racing to collect best data yet

A model of NASA’s Messenger spacecraft, which is in orbit around the planet Mercury, is shown at the operations center at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics lab in Laurel, Md. The actual spacecraft, which will crash next March into the surface of Mercury, is the size of a small car. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/Baltimore Sun/MCT)