Special Report

Incredible NASA Photos of Other Planets

Source: Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

1. Lowlands in Mercury’s north
> Planet: Mercury

A perspective view, looking towards Mercury’s north and colorized by the topographic height of the surface.

Source: Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

2. Cat’s Eye crater
> Planet: Mercury

The Eminescu crater on Mercury is illuminated by a bright halo of material around its edge.

Source: Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

3. The crater Apollodorus
> Planet: Mercury

The photograph of this crater, nicknamed “the spider,” was one of the most striking images captured by the Messenger satellite.

Source: Courtesy of NASA/JPL

4. The bright rays of Mena
> Planet: Mercury

The young rays of Mena crater contrast brightly against the surrounding surface.

Source: Courtesy of NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

5. Mercury’s Caloris Basin
> Planet: Mercury

This mosaic of Caloris basin is an enhanced-color composite overlaid on a monochrome mosaic.

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