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Saturday 3 June 2023 Dublin: 18°C

# mercury

All time
European-Japanese space mission gets first glimpse of Mercury
The BepiColombo mission made the first of six flybys, using the planet’s gravity to slow the spacecraft down.
# Space Exploration
Mission to discover the mysteries of Mercury blasts off
The BepiColombo blasted off from French Guiana earlier today.
# young fathers
6 signs the Mercury Music Prize winners might be insufferable
Young Fathers have left a few people scratching their heads.
# Cheat Sheet
Here's how to fluke your way through any Mercury Music Prize conversation
We prefer their early stuff.
Column: Why is Pluto not a planet?
Most of us grew up learning that there were nine planets in the Solar System. But why did Pluto get demoted? Conor Farrell explains how our understanding of the icy body changed.
Scott Carpenter, second US astronaut in orbit, dies at 88
He died in a hospice from complications following a stroke.
# far far away
NASA spot Han Solo formation on the surface of Mercury
It totally looks like him, if you squint a bit.
# pale blue dot
Video: This is what it looks like to rocket away from Earth
As it sped towards Mercury, a NASA spacecraft snapped 358 images looking back at Earth over 24 hours.
# mercury
Nations sign treaty aimed at reducing mercury emissions
Around 140 countries decided on the deal after all-night talks in Geneva.
# Space
NASA: Closest planet to sun, Mercury, harbours ice
Scientists have confirmed a vast amount of ice at the north pole at the planet’s north pole – despite its proximity to the sun.
# mercury
WHO? Never heard of them! Mercury Music Prize cheat sheet
You’ll be cranking up the Plan B, Field Music and Django Django at that party/family dinner this weekend.
# night skies
Planets to align over Ireland after sunset tonight
Keep an eye on the skies tonight as Venus, Jupiter and Mercury are set to align with the moon this evening.
# mercury
Mercury Prize nominees announced
There are no Irish nominees on this year’s shortlist – although we can claim one-quarter of James Blake as ours….
# Week in Photos
The week in photos
This is the week that was, in pictures.