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Ten Of Our Favourite Moments From Messenger The Tweeting Spacecraft

Photo: NASA

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

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Photo of the exosphere and surface of Mercury
(NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)

#9: The time Messenger proved while it may be a spacecraft on a great mission, it was nonetheless humble...

#8 When Messenger was able to joke about it's impending doom

#7 The time Messenger shared this photo of the peak-ring basin Derain

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Enhanced colour view photo of the peak-ring basin Derain
(NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)

#6 When we learned what a solar storm sounds like... courtesy of Messenger of course

#5 The moment Messenger had us pondering this 'face' on Mercury...

#4 When Messenger got all excitable about raining electrons...

#3 And decided to channel Paris Hilton with this Tweet...

#2: When Messenger proved the ultimate movie maker with this video of Mercury spinning on it's axis...

#1: The moment Messenger said it's final farewell in this Tweet

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