posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 03:55 PM
Hundreds of photos of Mercury beamed back to Earth on Tuesday after a close encounter with the planet closest to the sun.
The images show scientists never-before-seen landscapes on the planet's surface.
MESSENGER captured this photo of Mercury. The bright Kuiper crater is visible just south of the planet's center.
MESSENGER's photos are the highest-resolution ever captured of any portion of Mercury's surface.
MESSENGER's major goal is to become the first spacecraft to enter Mercury's orbit. If that happens, it should help scientist understand the
composition of Mercury's surface, NASA said.
[edit on 7-10-2008 by Daniem]