Will there ever be a space rover on Mercury?
How many times did the Mariner 10 probe pass by Mercury?
- This allowed the probe to pass by Mercury two additional times before completing the mission; these encounters were made on September 21, 1974, and March 16, 1975. However, since the same side of Mercury was illuminated during each of the flybys, at the conclusion of the mission Mariner 10 had only photographed 45% of its surface.
What role has the exploration of Mercury played in space?
- The exploration of Mercury has played only a minor role in the space interests of the world. It is the least explored inner planet. As of 2015, the Mariner 10 and MESSENGER missions have been the only missions that have made close observations of Mercury. MESSENGER made three flybys before entering orbit...
When was the last time we went to Mercury?
- Previous transits occurred May 7, 2003, Nov. 8, 2006, and May 9, 2016, and Nov. 11, 2019. The first spacecraft to visit Mercury was NASA's Mariner 10, which imaged about 45% of the surface.
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