The rocket’s main stage was supposed to descend gracefully and land in one piece on its own, but unfortunately this failed to happen. It’s not entirely clear what happened to the main stage, but we assume it ended with an almighty bang.
Blue Origin – First Flight
Highlights from Blue Origin’s New Shepard space vehicle as it makes its first developmental test flight.
Sad, but cool, farewell to NASA’s Messenger Spacecraft today as it crashes into Mercury. Messenger left its mark both scientifically, and on Mercury!!! Info on the Messenger mission here.
To become the first spacecraft to orbit Mercury, MESSENGER followed a path through the inner solar system, including one flyby of Earth, two flybys of Venus, and three flybys of Mercury. This impressive journey yielded the first return of new spacecraft data from Mercury since the Mariner 10 mission more than 30 years ago. Here you can find details about that journey, the MESSENGER spacecraft, and the instrument payload.