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Mercury, Fully Mapped in All Its Glory

What does Mercury’s surface look like?

What does Mercury’s surface look like?

The video below will give you an exaggerated (false color) view. However, what it also reveals is detailed observations of the planet’s crust that have been recorded since the robotic Messenger spacecraft first passed Mercury in 2008 and began orbiting in 2011.

The entire surface of Mercury has since been mapped. 

The results are presented in this spectacular video here:

Or click here. 

Image Credit: NASA/JHU Applied Physics Lab/Carnegie Inst. Washington


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