The surface and exosphere of the planet Mercury

Date:18 May 2015 Tags:, , , ,

In 2011 NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft entered the orbit of Mercury to learn more about the minerals and surface processes of the planet. The image above was captured by MESSENGER and shows the diversity of Mercury’s surface materials.

Read more about Mercury and MESSENGER, here.

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

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