Happy little crater on Mercury
November 9th, 2012
11:13 AM ET

Happy little crater on Mercury

Here's today's NASA image of the day:

"It looks like even the craters on Mercury have heard of Bob Ross! The central peaks of this complex crater have formed in such a way that it resembles a smiling face. This image taken by the MESSENGER spacecraft is oriented so north is toward the bottom.

The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals."

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soundoff (3 Responses)
  1. Jacob

    OMG there is aliens in outer space

    November 19, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  2. maggie

    there is life!

    November 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  3. glades2

    And the sign, "Have a nice day!"


    P.S. Interesting photo, for certain...

    November 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm |


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