Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

NASA's Messenger reveals close-ups of Mercury's sun-scorched surface

Nasa has released an image taken by the probe's Visual and Infrared Spectrometer (Virs) to reveal distinct features such as volcanic vents and fresh craters. To highlight the geological features, the images have been overlain on a black and white mosaic from the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

Spinning Mercury: Nasa reveal stunning animation showing giant craters on the planet's surface

Mercury: The images were created using a mosaic of pictures from Nasa's messenger spacecraft, which were then combined to create a video 'flyby' of the planet. 2013

Check out our 10 Facts About Mercury #Infographic!  http://astronomyisawesome.com/infographics/10-facts-about-mercury/  With #Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, it’s very difficult to send spacecraft there to visit it, gather information and relay that back to us here on Earth. Nonetheless, we compiled all we know into this awesome infographic!

Check out our 10 Facts About Mercury #Infographic! http://astronomyisawesome.com/infographics/10-facts-about-mercury/ With #Mercury being the closest planet to the Sun, it’s very difficult to send spacecraft there to visit it, gather information and relay that back to us here on Earth. Nonetheless, we compiled all we know into this awesome infographic!

Clearest pic of Mercury to date.  Pic is color-enhanced in blue areas for some reason to emphasize the occurrence of... something, unknown but to NASA.  Still, a great pic.

Clearest pic of Mercury to date. Pic is color-enhanced in blue areas for some reason to emphasize the occurrence of... something, unknown but to NASA. Still, a great pic.

Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 -  first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

Mercury by Mariner 10 taken in 1974 - first image of the planet Mercury on 24 March 1974, taken from a distance of 5,380,000 km from the surface of Mercury - NASA

Mercury Drop. Mercury  (Hg) is the only chemical element (metallic) that is liquid at ambient temperature.

Mercury Drop. Mercury (Hg) is the only chemical element (metallic) that is liquid at ambient temperature.

Mercury 50 que Stallone used in the movie Cobra. To young to recall the movie. I recall he had a bad ass car :)

Mercury 50 que Stallone used in the movie Cobra. To young to recall the movie. I recall he had a bad ass car :)

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