Messenger’s wild and risky ride to the innermost planet.
By William Speed WeedPosted 10.27.2004 at 6:00 pm 0 Comments
If you haven’t perfected your tan yet this summer, have we got a spot for you! A place where the sun shines 11 times as bright as on Earth, doesn’t set for 4,000 hours, and produces 800�F temperatures. There’s much to explore, since this exotic destination is mostly unmapped. If you get lost, a compass will orient you, thanks to an Earth-like magnetic field.
We’re talking, of course, about Mercury. Despite the sales pitch, only one craft has ever visited the tiny planet: Mariner 10,