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Mercury, up close and personal: Photos revealed

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posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 03:55 PM
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Hundreds of photos of Mercury beamed back to Earth on Tuesday after a close encounter with the planet closest to the sun.

edition.cnn.com...

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]




posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 04:20 PM
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I think I see a face!!!



posted on Oct, 7 2008 @ 04:27 PM
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Originally posted by mecheng
I think I see a face!!!


lol, first thing i thought was "oh god, how long till people see pyramids, faces and towers". And rikriley will see little mercury people running around


(sorry rik!)



posted on Oct, 9 2008 @ 06:20 AM
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I don't know about pyramids, faces and towers but this phone shaped crater looks really nice...


Mercury Phone Crater

Probably Mercury's Communications Center...



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