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4 years 1 week ago

NASA spacecraft circling Mercury - a first

WASHINGTON (AP) For the first time, Earth has a regular orbiting eye-in-the-sky spying on the solar system's smallest and strangest planet, Mercury. NASA's spacecraft called Messenger successfully veered into a pinpoint orbit Thursday night after a 6 1/2-year trip and 4.9 billion miles and tricky maneuvering to fend off...

4 years 9 months ago

End of the road for Ford's Mercury vehicles

It's been predicted for years, now Ford confirms it is killing off its Mercury division. The Mercury brand has survived for 72-years. During a conference call to dealers, Ford executives said that winding down Mercury will allow the automaker to focus more attention on its mainstream Ford vehicles and especially...

5 years 6 hours ago

Watch the sky for Mercury

Mercury, the solar system's most elusive planet, will be easier to see for the next two weeks. Astronomers say that Mercury and Venus will appear unusually close together between now and April 10. Because Venus is one of the brightest objects in the night sky it can be used...

5 years 1 month ago

No fishing in Juniata Reservoir due to mercury

A reservoir that provides drinking water for Grand Junction is closed for fishing because smallmouth bass there have tested positive for mercury contamination. Steve Gunderson, director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment's water quality division, says the mercury levels in Juniata Reservoir are extremely low, but mercury...

5 years 6 months ago

Colorado lawmakers urge DOE to scrap mercury dump

Three members of Colorado's congressional delegation have told Energy Secretary Steven Chu that storing the nation's excess mercury in western Colorado is "unreasonable" considering the potential threats to public health and environment. Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Mike Bennet and Congressman John Salazar, all Democrats, said Friday that the potential...

5 years 6 months ago

Mercury leaking at closed California mine sites

Abandoned mercury mines throughout central California's rugged coastal mountains are polluting the state's major waterways, rendering fish unsafe to eat and risking the health of at least 100,000 impoverished people. But an Associated Press investigation found that the federal government has tried to clean up fewer than a dozen...

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