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9 magnificent images of Mercury

By: Katherine Butler on Nov. 11, 2019, 10:17 a.m.
This colorful view of Mercury was produced by using images from the color base map imaging campaign during MESSENGER's primary mission.

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

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Until next time, neighbor

We still have some time to learn more about our demure neighbor. Mercury doesn't normally look as colorful as it does in the image, which was produced by using images from MESSENGER'S color base map.

With its long days and short years (it takes only 87.97 days to orbit the sun), Mercury isn't like its rocky planet brethren — but that's what makes our solar system so interesting.