Overnight the spacecraft, Messenger, ended it’s four year mission to Mercury, crashing into the planet it had spent so long documenting.
Originally planned as a one-year orbital mission, Messenger was an overachiever, making history and accomplishing many technological firsts.
From it’s personal Tweets to the stunning photos and videos Messenger shared, these are our ten favourite moments from a short, but eventful, life…
#10: When Messenger showed us just how beautiful Mercury can be
Photo of the exosphere and surface of Mercury
(NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)