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Nasa's Messenger spacecraft smashes into Mercury

Nasa's Messenger spacecraft has ended its mission to Mercury by making a planned crash landing on the planet.

After running out of fuel, it plunged from orbit onto the rocky surface, leaving behind a crater thought to be the size of a tennis court.

The probe was launched in 2004 and was only expected to orbit Mercury for one year.

Our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh reports.

  • 01 May 2015
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