An unnamed crater on Mercury taken by MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera.  Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

MESSENGER Finds Where X Marks the Spot on Mercury

28 Apr , 2011 by

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Buried treasure on Mercury? If so, I’d look here first. This image shows a currently unnamed crater with an “X” emblazoned on it. The perpendicular lines that cross the crater are secondary crater chains caused by ejecta from two primary impacts outside of the field of view, according to MESSENGER scientists. MESSENGER has been in orbit of Mercury since mid-March of this year, and its Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) pivot and Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) spotted this unusual landform. MESSENGER will be mapping more than 90% of Mercury’s surface as part of a high-resolution surface morphology base map that will be created with MDIS.

See more about this image on the MESSENGER website.

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fernando
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April 28, 2011 4:20 PM

That´s the X Planet!!!

Merry Me
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Merry Me
April 28, 2011 5:27 PM

Oh, so 2012 is NOT a fake after all. wink

(Loved the comment! Clever.)

Tim McDaniel
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Tim McDaniel
April 28, 2011 6:03 PM

It’s Planet X, source of Illudium Phosdex, the shaving-cream atom! Claimed by Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century!

Tim McDaniel
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Tim McDaniel
April 28, 2011 6:09 PM

It’s not 2 lines. There are at least 5 lines. It’s a PENTAGRAM that’s been partially erased. MERCURY was the home of SATAN and he has BROKEN OUT!

UN-altered REPRODUCTION and DISSEMINATION of this IMPORTANT information is ENCOURAGED.

Ed Myers
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Ed Myers
April 28, 2011 6:57 PM

You’re all wrong! That obviously “perfect” X can only be the remains of the last Mercurian city! You can clearly see the interconnected domes and the coffee shop on the end. Expect it to be gone soon, as “they” will be nuking it in order to cover up the existence of non-human civilization in the solar system. I’m sure there will be some unexplainable “disappearances” from NASA and astronomers soon.

Jason Major
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April 28, 2011 7:29 PM

I see the coffee shop.

Question
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Question
April 29, 2011 5:45 AM

maybe it’s the roman numeral 10. what would nostra think?

paul.swanson
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paul.swanson
April 29, 2011 8:35 PM

It’s a giant SpaceX ad!

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