New discoveries were made about Mercury by MIT scientists and their Messenger mission, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology published Wednesday their new findings on "the smallest planet in the solar system" on the journal Science, the Los Angeles Times said. The researchers said Mercury may have been geologically active than previously imagined, the Los Angeles Times said.
According to BBC News, Messenger, the supercraft that brought home this data, was launched in 2004 and traveled near its target in March last year. Messenger sent pictures of Mercury's poles back to earth and showed scientists radar-bright features on Mercury, BBC News said.
MIT geophysicist Maria Zuber told the Los Angeles Times that the new discoveries shed light on "potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system."