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Messenger to Mercury

By the time this column runs, NASA’s Messenger spacecraft should have run out of fuel and slammed into the planet Mercury’s surface at around 9,000 miles per hour.

Night flights bring in spring’s first songbirds

For us who have known the frigid mornings, the deep February snow and the short dark days in long shadows, the melody of the first songbird of spring is a joyful moment not soon forgotten.