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Mercury Photos From NASA's Messenger Probe, Part 1: June 2007—March 2011

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Mercury Craters, Up Close

Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/CIW
This historic first orbital image of Mercury was taken by NASA's Messenger spacecraft on March 29, 2011, 37 years to the day after Mariner 10's historic…Read More »





first flyby of the planet. Labels show several craters that were named on the basis of Mariner 10 images, as well as Debussy, Matabei, and Berkel, which were named on the basis of on earlier Messenger flyby images. The surface area within the white lines is terrain previously unseen by spacecraft, and the star indicates the location of the south pole.   Less «
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