April 30, 2015 in History


NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft ends its three-year orbit around Mercury with a planned crash into the planet's surface; originally, the probe was to orbit and collect data for one year, but fuel saving efforts extended its mission for two more years

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1947 Boulder Dam renamed in honor of Herbert Hoover
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