NASA spacecraft crashes on Mercury.

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NASA spacecraft has crashed on the surface of the Mercury after it's successful 11 year mission. The MESSENGER [MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry and Ranging] probe was the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury.

"A NASA planetary exploration mission came to a planned, but nonetheless dramatic end Thursday when it slammed into Mercury`s surface at about 8,750 miles per hour [3.91 kilometers per second] and created a new crater on the planet`s surface," NASA said in a statement.

The spacecraft was just about three meters long and the crater it would cause was expected to be 16 meters [52 feet] in diameter.

The mission which was launched in 2004 had achieved unprecedented success with its top discovery being that Mercury had lots of frozen water and other volatile materials in its permanently shadowed polar craters on the planet closest to the Sun.

The next phase of this mission will be analysing the exciting data already in the archives and revealing the mysteries of Mercury.

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