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Crater on Mercury

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Thursday, April 24, 2014: MESSENGER spacecraft in orbit around Mercury obtained this image of the peak-ring basin Scarlatti (center) on March 30, 2014.…Read More »





Scarlatti has ring of peaks at its center, typical in many respects, although in the northeast section, it transitions to a large (approximately 19 miles or 30 km) pit surrounded by high-reflectance material. Past explosive volcanic activity may have created this pit.

— Tom Chao   Less «
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