Mercury: So Hot Right Now


Of this stunning image – the clearest ever taken of the solar system’s innermost planet – NASA sez:

This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER’s primary mission. These colors are not what Mercury would look like to the human eye, but rather the colors enhance the chemical, mineralogical, and physical differences between the rocks that make up Mercury’s surface.

Full res image here.

mercmerc2(Pic Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington)


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