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MESSENGER was a NASA robotic spacecraft which orbited the planet Mercury between 2011 and 2015.

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What is the source of Scott Manley's plot of Messenger's end of mission perihermion loss?

In the video Why Does it take BepiColombo 7 Years To Get To Mercury? Scott Manley nicely explains some of the basic orbital mechanical aspects of the mission and compares it to the Messenger mission. ...
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Why did the MESSENGER probe get deorbited?

I have heard a bit about why interplanetary probes get deorbited, but that was about Jupiter and Saturn that have potentially life-friendly moons. But regarding Mercury, no life could exist there: the ...
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What made Messenger's orbit to decrease? [duplicate]

Why Messenger spacecraft fell upon Mercury? What made its orbit to decrease so to lead to the impact? UPDATE. Seems a duplicate.
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Through what process does MESSENGER undergo orbital decay?

At some point this year, the MESSENGER mission to Mercury will come to an end, as the spacecraft has exhausted its supply of maneuvering propellant necessary to keep it in orbit. It is currently using ...