We are the First Humans to See Mercury’s Surface

NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft just made its second Mercury flyby on its way to a final orbit in 2011.  The photo of Mercury is phenomenal!  We are the first humans in history to see Mercury from this vantage point.  And the amazing thing is in 2011 MESSENGER will send back even more astonishing images than this!  I am truly awed! Photo Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/CIS.  Read Dr Tony Phillips’ “Science@NASA” Column for more details: http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2008/07oct_firstresults.htm.

This image of the planet Mercury taken by MESSENGER is the first in history of this side of the planet!

This image of the planet Mercury taken by MESSENGER is the first in history of this side of the planet!