Space Fan News #16: First Images of Mercury; All of Kepler's Planets; Number of Earths in Our Galaxy

Lots of really cool news out this week. The MESSENGER spacecraft took some images of Mercury, the Kepler guys put out a really neat graphic showing all of the candidate planets Kepler discovered in February, and a paper showing an estimate of the nu

Published on 2nd Apr, 2011

Lots of really cool news out this week. The MESSENGER spacecraft took some images of Mercury, the Kepler guys put out a really neat graphic showing all of the candidate planets Kepler discovered in February, and a paper showing an estimate of the number of earth-like planets in our galaxy. Mercury's first images: http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?page=2&gallery_id=2&image_id=432 http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/sciencePhotos/image.php?page=1&gallery_id=2&image_id=437 Mariner 10 report: http://ser.sese.asu.edu/M10/M10_PDF/TM33-7_3.PDF Kepler Graphic: http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap110329.html Number of earth like planets: http://www.dailygalaxy.com/my_weblog/2011/03/milky-way-has-two-billion-earthlike-planets-but-how-many-earths.html http://arxiv.org/abs/1103.1443