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  • Mona Evans

    Spider Crater in Caloris Basin on the planet Mercury. NASA's Messenger probe took the picture of this dramatic impact crater. It looks a bit like a spider waiting in the middle of its web. Mona Evans, "Cosmic Halloween Tour" http://www.bellaonline.com/articles/art52161.asp

  • iScrubs.com

    The Spider Date: 14 Jan 2008 The Narrow Angle Camera of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on the MESSENGER spacecraft obtained this high-resolution image of the floor of the Caloris basin. Last Update: 1 Apr 2011 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington The Narrow Angle Camera of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on the MESSENGER spacecraft obtained this high-resolution image of the floor of the Caloris basin.

  • Di Locke-Carmichael

    When imaging the center of Mercury's extremely large Caloris Basin, MESSENGER spacecraft found a crater, pictured above, with a set of unusual rays emanating out from its center. A crater with such troughs has never been seen before anywhere in our Solar System. What isn't clear is the relation of the crater to the radial troughs.

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Two Views of Mercury Date: 10 Dec 2009 This composite image of Mercury's Caloris basin was created with pictures from Mariner 10 (right portion) and MESSENGER images. Last Update: 6 Apr 2011 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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Hollows on Mercury: NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft discovered strange hollows on the surface of Mercury. Images taken from orbit reveal thousands of peculiar depressions at a variety of longitudes and latitudes, ranging in size from 60 feet to over a mile across and 60 to 120 feet deep. Last Update: 29 Feb 2012 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Double Ring Crater - Date: 14 Jan 2008 MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) during the spacecraft's flyby of Mercury on 14 January 2008. The scene is part of a mosaic that covers a portion of the hemisphere not viewed by Mariner 10 during any of its three flybys (1974-1975). The surface of Mercury is revealed at a resolution of about 250 m/pixel (about 820 feet/pixel).

Candy Stripes Date: 5 Apr 2007 This strongly enhanced false color view is a departure from the familiar bluish north and golden south seen in natural color Cassini spacecraft images, but the contrast between regions north and south of the ring shadows is here more readily apparent.

A Toast to Dear Old Poe - From Planet Mercury by NASA Goddard Photo and Video, via Flickr

This well composed sequence captures the rising Moon and Mercury above the city lights of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. A stack of digital images, it consists of an exposure made every 3 minutes beginning at 4:15 am local time on April 19. Mercury's track is at the far right, separated from the Moon's path by about 8 degrees.