posted on Feb, 18 2013 @ 11:39 AM
Part of the global colour view of Mercury including the vast Caloris impact basin, Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics
Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Amazing Full Size
Full Size Image of The Other Side
View Mercury Spinning Here
Scientists working with NASA's Messenger probe produced a global colour map.
Thousands of sets of images were enhanced then stitched together in a mosaic to create a detailed image covering the entire planet. What they
reveal has revolutionised our understanding of Mercury.
Rays from young, fresh impact craters appear light blue or white. Medium and dark-blue areas represent "low-reflectance" material in Mercury's
crust, believed to be rich in a dark, opaque mineral.
Tan areas are plains formed by the eruption of highly fluid lavas. The large circular, yellowish area above center is a massive impact scar, the
Caloris basin. Its interior is filled with smooth, somewhat younger volcanic plains. Small orangish spots are materials deposited by explosive
Mercury am I, gentle, soft,
Sixth planet, I send the winds aloft.
When other stars are warm, I'm hot;
I'm just as cold when they are not.
The Twins and the Maid so fine
Are the houses I account as mine.
In which I go most cleverly,
So Jupiter can't bewilder me.
I'm at my best when in the Maid,
But in the Fishes sure to fade.
Through all the signs I make my ways
In three hundred and four and thirty days.
edit on 18-2-2013 by burntheships because: spelling