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Crescent Mercury in Color

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Crescent Mercury in Color


Hard to spot against the
twilight glow near planet Earth's horizon,
a crescent Mercury was imaged close up by the
spacecraft early last week.

Colors in this
remarkable picture were
created using data
recorded through infrared, red, and violet filters.

The combination enhances color differences otherwise not visible to
the eye across the innermost planet's
cratered surface.

In this view,
material seems to surround
relatively new craters,
contrasting with the mostly
drab, brown terrain.

Mercury itself is 4,880 kilometers in diameter.

The full resolution image shows features as small as 10 kilometers

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