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October 15, 2014
MESSENGER Provides First Optical Images of Ice Near Mercury's North Pole
NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft has provided the first optical images of ice and other frozen volatile materials within permanently shadowed craters near Mercury's north pole. [more]

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October 20, 2014
Alver and the Rupes
October 17, 2014
Waters in 3D!
October 15, 2014
Seeing in the Dark
October 15, 2014
Icy View of Prokofiev
October 15, 2014
Buried Ice