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Fraser
2008-Jan-16, 07:00 PM
Even though spacecraft have visited Mercury in the past, the same hemisphere was always in sunlight for every encounter. One side was photographed, and the other side was a complete and total mystery. There could be a big smiley face there, and we'd never know it. Well, the mystery's over. MESSENGER flew past Mercury on [...]

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Noclevername
2008-Jan-16, 07:21 PM
There could be a big smiley face there, and we'd never know it.

:)

EDIT: That was supposed to come out big. Didn't work.

qraal
2008-Jan-18, 11:04 AM
Hi Fraser

Of course that side of Mercury has been seen by ground-based telescopes - albeit fuzzily - and by RADAR scanning in the late 1990s and early 2000s. But no one has seen it at decent resolution, until now.

Looking at those crater chains - there's so many! I've got to wonder what erupted in such long lines if volcanic. Mercury already seems curiously different to the Moon.