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March 7, 2016
MESSENGER Data May Reveal the Remains of Mercury's Oldest Crust
Mercury's surface is unusually dark, an observation that until recently had planetary scientists mystified. But in a new study published today in Nature Geoscience, a team of researchers provides evidence that the darkening agent is carbon, a finding that offers important clues to the nature of the planet's original crust. [more]

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April 16, 2015, 1:00 p.m. EDT
MESSENGER Nears End of Operations
Team members discuss the mission’s accomplishments, providing the Top 10 scientific discoveries, as well as the technological innovations that grew out of the mission.

March 16, 2015, 12:00 p.m. CDT
New Findings from MESSENGERS's Low-Altitude Campaign
Scientists discuss new findings from the low-altitude campaign with the media at the 46th Lunar and Planetary Science Conference.

November 29, 2012, 2:00 p.m. EST
NASA News Conference: MESSENGER Finds New Evidence that Water Ice Is Abundant at the Poles of Mercury
Observations by the MESSENGER spacecraft have provided compelling support for the 20-year old hypothesis that Mercury hosts abundant water ice and other frozen volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters. Three independent lines of evidence support this conclusion, and the findings presented in three papers published online today in Science Express.

March 21, 2012, 12:30 p.m. CDT (1:30 p.m. EDT)
Press Briefing: MESSENGER Provides New Look at Mercury's Landscape, Metallic Core, and Polar Shadows.
The latest findings are presented in two papers published online in Science Express today, and in 57 papers presented at the 43rd Lunar and Planetary Science Conference in The Woodlands, Texas.

October 5, 2011, 12:15 CEST (6:15 a.m. EDT)
Press Briefing: MESSENGER Team Presents New Mercury Findings at Planetary Conference
Joint meeting of the European Planetary Science Congress and the Division for Planetary Sciences of the American Astronomical Society in Nantes, France

September 29, 2011, 2 pm EDT
NASA Media Teleconference: New Mercury Discoveries Published in Science

June 16, 2011, 1 pm
NASA News Conference: Early Science from Mercury Orbit

May 4, 2011
United States Postal Service Releases MESSENGER Stamp

March 30, 2011, 2 pm EDT
NASA Media Telecon: MESSENGER'S First Orbital Images of Mercury

March 17, 2011, 8:45 pm EDT (March 18, 2011, 12:45 am UTC):
MESSENGER Mercury Orbit Insertion

March 17, 2011, 7:30 pm EDT
MESSENGER Mercury Public Event

March 15, 2011, 1 pm EDT:
NASA Media Telecon Preview of the Mercury Orbit Insertion

November 3, 2009
NASA Science Update with Mercury Flyby 3 Results

September 23, 2009, 1 pm EDT:
NASA Media Telecon Preview of the Flyby

April 30, 2009
MESSENGER Reveals Mercury as a Dynamic Planet

October 29, 2008
Results from Mercury Flyby 2

October 1, 2008
Preview of Mercury Flyby 2

July 3, 2008
A NASA Media Teleconference

January 30, 2008
Results from Mercury Flyby 1

January 10, 2008
Preview of Mercury Flyby 1

June 4, 2007
Preview of Venus Encounter


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