Over the centuries It was very difficult to study Mercury, which is the closest planet to the sun. Now Messenger (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging),after three flybys since 2008, finally settled into orbit around Mercury just this March.
With the help a new computer model, which was used to analyze data by NASA’s Voyager spacecraft, the farthest deep space sentinels, scientists found that the edge of our solar system may not be smooth. New studies show that the sun’s distant magnetic field is made up of bubbles approximately 100 million miles (160 million kilometers) wide
NASA will launch a spacecraft to an asteroid in 2016 and use a robotic arm to collect samples that could better explain our solar system’s formation and how life began. The mission, called Origins-Spectral Interpretation-Resource Identification-Security-Regolith Explorer, or OSIRIS-REx
After three flybys of Mercury over the last three years, the Messenger spacecraft is poised to settle into the first-ever orbit by a manmade object of the planet closest to the Sun.The goal of the mission is to provide scientists with data on Mercury unparalleled since the Mariner 10 spacecraft passed by three decades ago. And the more we understand about Mercury, NASA says, the more we’ll understand about how the other rocky planets in the solar system–Venus, Mars, and of course, Earth–formed and evolved.