Mickey Mouse on Mercury?

by Jason Major on June 15, 2012

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This collection of craters, shaped not unlike the iconic head of a certain cartoon mouse, was imaged by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft on June 3, 2012.

All together now: C-R-A, T-E-R… M-O-U-S-Eeeeee…

Acquired as part of MESSENGER’s extended mission to map Mercury’s surface in higher detail, the image above isn’t map-projected; that is, it’s not aligned with north as up. In reality the large crater that makes up Mickey’s “head” is north of the two “ears”.

Still, this is one big mouse head — the large crater in the center has a diameter of approximately 105 km (65 miles)!

Read more about this and see many other images of the first rock from the Sun on the MESSENGER mission site here.

Image credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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Matt Hickman June 15, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I can see the headline tomorrow: “Disney Prepares to file Suit on Mercury Tradmark Infringement.”

zetetic elench June 16, 2012 at 1:18 PM

yes,be wewy wewy cawrfuwl.

zkank June 16, 2012 at 2:19 AM

Pareidolia!
I see the smiley face of someone who’s had too much coffee.
I also see an alien holding a laser gun in the air cowboy-style, while riding the back of a big duck.
(The duck is looking back at the alien)

Olaf2 June 16, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I think this is a sign from the Aliens down there. LOL

Shalu Sharma June 16, 2012 at 11:57 AM

Actually, it does look like Micky Mouse. Scary.

Rick Holcomb June 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

I guess there is a reason for silliness. But… Mickey Mouse? Really?

Jeffrey Scott Boerst June 16, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Dick Hoagland must be furiously pecking out another barrage of nonsence realted to this obvious NASA cover-up AS. WE. SPEAK…

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