MAY 01, 2015 7:49 AM PDT

Touchdown! Mercury Messenger is History

NASA is predicting that the Mercury Messenger spacecraft will hit the planet's surface near a ridge slightly to the northeast of what is known as the Shakespeare Impact Basin
An image of the predicted impact area of the Mercury Messenger spacecraft
The mission, begun in 2004, has come to an end, having provided unprecedented views of the planet nearest the sun. Watch the video below to see simulations of Messenger's flight and stunning images of the surface and atmosphere of Mercury.
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