Mickey Mouse Spotted on Mercury!

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    NASA image acquired: June 03, 2012

    This scene is to the northwest of the recently named crater Magritte, in Mercury's south. The image is not map projected; the larger crater actually sits to the north of the two smaller ones. The shadowing helps define the striking "Mickey Mouse" resemblance, created by the accumulation of craters over Mercury's long geologic history.

    This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-incidence-angle base map. The high-incidence-angle base map is a major mapping activity in MESSENGER's extended mission and complements the surface morphology base map of MESSENGER's primary mission that was acquired under generally more moderate incidence angles. High incidence angles, achieved when the Sun is near the horizon, result in long shadows that accentuate the small-scale topography of geologic features. The high-incidence-angle base map is being acquired with an average resolution of 200 meters/pixel.

    The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals.

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

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    1. SouthernBreeze 22 months ago | reply

      Cute! But how did Walt get there? And, does Minnie know about this?

    2. Michael Kyraha 22 months ago | reply

      Looks more like a human embryo floating in a womb to me.

    3. darienkiire 22 months ago | reply

      looks like a fetus

    4. @ires 22 months ago | reply

      nice catch!

    5. thepretenda 22 months ago | reply

      I always knew that mouse was an alien

    6. anewsocialcontract 22 months ago | reply

      Corporate colonization of space. Maybe Disney'll build a sweatshop there like the one in Haiti.

      Sorry to be a kill-joy, but it IS child slave labour:


    7. PedroStephano 22 months ago | reply

      They're everywhere. Walt will be pleased.

    8. Compound Eye 22 months ago | reply

      Gosh, it DOES look like an ultra-sound scan! How very Arthur C. Clarke... A far more intelligent and original interpretation than the conditioned 'McDisney & Fries' mentality the World has had drilled into it's consciousness. I'll go with the 'Celestial Child' too.

    9. Bob Misu 22 months ago | reply

      Can a planet be sued for copy right infringement?

    10. nmtraveler 22 months ago | reply

      Nice to see you all have a sense of humor.

    11. saint pauli girl 22 months ago | reply

      Kind of like that chicken nugget shaped like George Washington...lol

    12. phatkeys 22 months ago | reply

      could it be that actual life is there and somebody sent a mickey mouse doll on a satellite and they came up to get it...and now thats what they think humans look like. a cosmic hello.

    13. dodagp 22 months ago | reply

      Gorgeous image !!!
      You see what you want to see ... ,but it is a quite convincing Mickey Mouse image.

    14. Tarjar3 9 months ago | reply

      Hidden Mickeys to a whole new level

    15. ahliggett 6 weeks ago | reply

      Vaš rad je nagrađen u grupi "Dizajnersi"
      Your work is awarded in the group "Dizajnersi"


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