More Mercury images arrive

MESSENGER took about 1,200 images during its flyby of Mercury earlier this week. Here’s another nifty one. (Click on the image to see a larger version.)

Mercury's horizon

It may be a barren surface, but I find it fascinating to see pictures of another world. They make Mercury seem like a place, instead of some abstract location. By the way, the large crater at the lower right is named “Sholem Aleichem,” the Yiddish author who created the Fiddler on the Roof. The large craters on Mercury are named after authors, artists, and musicians.

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