Nureyev Crater

Mercury's Nureyev crater as seen by MESSENGER. Click for larger. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mercury’s Nureyev crater as seen by MESSENGER. Click for larger. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

The MESSENGER spacecraft continues to send back images from the planet Mercury. One of the more than 150,000 images so far gives us this spectacular look at Nureyev Crater on Mercury.

Nureyev is 16 km / 10 miles in diameter.  Usually seeing shades of gray I find the colors are interesting, explained by the MESSENGER website:

The bright, rayed crater Nureyev is at center stage in this dramatic view toward Mercury’s eastern limb. The crater’s namesake is the Soviet/British ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev, who died in 1993. This set of color images was obtained at a relatively small phase angle and consequently is dominated by variations in the inherent reflectance and color of the surface.

The “inherent reflectance” is pretty easy to believe since it is about nine times brighter on Mercury than it is here.

If you want to see the full-sized image check out the MESSENGER page.

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