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Old Oct 2 2009, 03:05 PM   #1
StevenB
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New Messenger images of Mercury

NASA's Messenger probe had another fly by of the planet Mercury a few days ago, and the pictures have been posted at http://messenger.jhuapl.edu/gallery/...p?gallery_id=2. Some of the pictures show parts of the surface nobody has seen before. I like the horizon pictures. Looking at those pictures, it almost seems like you are flying past Mercury yourself.

The cratered surface looks very much like the Moon, but unlike the Moon Mercury has a very tenuous atmosphere with magnetic tornadoes.
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