"Mercury's secrets, and the implications they hold for the formation and evolution of Earth-like planets, are about to be revealed. "
- SEAN SOLOMON,of NASA, on a probe, which after traveling 4.9 billion miles over the past six-and-a-half years has successfully entered Mercury's orbit; NASA is hoping to get the first pictures back of our solar system's innermost planet by the end of the month
"We had no idea how far we would have to travel to get outside the solar system ... in roughly five years, we should be outside for the first time."
- EDWARD STONE,a Voyager project scientist, on the spacecraft's travel quest; 33 years after its launch, the Voyager is close to reaching interstellar space
"It might have life, but it would have to be a strange kind of life."
- DAVID CHARBONNEAU,a Harvard astronomer, on newly discovered planet GJ 1214b, the most Earth-like planet ever found outside our solar system
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