Forever Farewell: NASA's Mercury Probe Is Now an Impact Crater

At 3:26 p.m. ET today (Thursday), NASA's MESSENGER mission to the innermost planet of the solar system came to a dramatic end, smashing into Mercury's surface at a speed of over 8,700 miles per hour.

Published On 04/30/2015
4:23 PM EDT
Screengrab from the DSN Now website of the moments before and after MESSENGER stopped transmitting. | NASA EYES