The Messenger spacecraft, crashing into the surface of Mercury, completed the historic mission of NASA. With a fall rate of 8,700 miles per hour, “Messenger” managed to transfer the last photos of the Mercurian landscape to Earth.
The NAC (Narrow Angle Camera) long-focus camera captured only a narrow angle of view about one mile wide and with a resolution of 2, 1 meters per pixel. The photo transmitted to NASA shows a relatively flat surface dotted with small craters.
Shortly after the data transfer, the Messenger signal was lost. It is assumed that the probe completed its mission, breaking to the northeast of a huge crater called “Shakespeare”.