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On the Edge of Tyagaraja

by Jason Major August 20, 2013

Want to stay on top of all the space news? Follow @universetoday on Twitter Here’s a rather interesting view from orbit around the innermost planet: Mercury’s Tyagaraja crater, the interior of which is seen here in an oblique-angled image acquired by the MESSENGER spacecraft on November 12, 2011 (and released August 16, 2013.) Remove this ad […]

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Mercury Shows Off Its Reds, Whites, and Blues

by Jason Major May 14, 2013

At first glance, the planet Mercury may bear a striking resemblance to our own Moon. True, both are heavily-cratered, airless worlds that hide pockets of ice inside polar shadows… but there the similarities end. In addition to being compositionally different than the Moon, Mercury also has surface features that you won’t find on the lunar […]

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Evidence for Active Hollows Formation on Mercury

by Jason Major December 19, 2012

MESSENGER targeted-observation image of the interior of Eminescu crater A recent image acquired by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft shows the interior of Eminescu, a youngish 130-km (80 mile) wide crater just north of Mercury’s equator. Eminescu made science headlines last year with MESSENGER’s discovery of curious eroded blotches called “hollows” scattered across its interior and surrounding […]

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Warhol Crater Gets Its 15 Minutes of Fame

by Jason Major May 14, 2012

As pop art icon Andy Warhol said, “In the future everyone will be famous for fifteen minutes,”  and so here’s an image of the crater on Mercury that now bears his name, set up in the style of one of his multicolored silkscreens. Warhol is one of 23 craters on Mercury to be recently approved […]

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Bright Peaks, Dark Shadows

by Jason Major February 19, 2012

The 68-mile (109-km) -wide Amaral crater on Mercury reveals its brightly-tipped central peaks in this image, acquired by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft on Feb. 4, 2012. Long shadows are cast by the crater’s peaks and rugged rim (north is to the left.) The image was acquired as a high-resolution targeted observation with MESSENGER’s Narrow-Angle Camera (NAC) on […]

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