A Bright Crater

A bright crater on Mercury.  Image: Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

A bright crater on Mercury. Image: Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The MESSENGER spacecraft shows us a relatively young crater on the planet Mercury. We can infer it is “young” by evidenced by the bright white rays which
are made from soils exposed by the impact.

The crater in the center of the white imapact zone and the one beside it are rather small. The larger crater to the right, it’s soil matches the surrounding terrain, is about 16 km / 10 miles across.

The image was taken by MESSENGER’s Wide Angle Camera and is part of a program to aquire high resolution images in 11-colors.

The MESSENGER website.