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blacbird
01-27-2008, 09:06 AM
I'm an astronomy junkie, very nearly became a real astronomer, having gone to grad school at one of the more prestigious astronomy schools in the U.S. (the University of Iowa, where James Van Allen was head of the Physics/Astronomy Department at the time). I sometimes regret not having done so, but I have kept up avidly on astronomical advances as an amateur. So, here is a newly released photo of Mercury from the Messenger spacecraft.

http://msnbcmedia.msn.com/i/msnbc/Components/Photo_StoryLevel/080125/080125-mercury-hmed-11a.jpg

There will be plenty more in the next few years.

caw

TsukiRyoko
01-27-2008, 09:08 AM
Oh, very cool!

LloydBrown
01-27-2008, 09:12 AM
Very nice.

Stormhawk
01-27-2008, 09:12 AM
I second that, it looks awesome!

TsukiRyoko
01-27-2008, 09:16 AM
Even though only a small sliver of it is lit up from that angle, I imagined that you'd be able to see much deeper craters because of the lack of atmosphere, especially from that range.

Joe270
01-27-2008, 09:58 AM
Super cool. I'm facinated by astronomy as well. The future close-up photographs will be so interesting.

SpookyWriter
01-27-2008, 10:56 AM
Super cool. I'm facinated by astronomy as well. The future close-up photographs will be so interesting.http://arkansassongbird.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/matthew-mcconaughey-butt.jpgYou think?

blacbird
01-27-2008, 11:46 AM
http://arkansassongbird.files.wordpress.com/2007/07/matthew-mcconaughey-butt.jpgYou think?

Where's the crater?

caw

JoNightshade
01-27-2008, 12:34 PM
Thanks for posting! SOOO cool. Although I always imagined Mercury being red. It looks so much like the moon.

clockwork
01-27-2008, 04:51 PM
Here's a closer view--

http://i63.photobucket.com/albums/h134/clockwork9/mercury03_messenger-1.jpg


Even though only a small sliver of it is lit up from that angle, I imagined that you'd be able to see much deeper craters because of the lack of atmosphere, especially from that range.

Mercury has a relatively high gravity which keeps its craters shallow and flat.

shakeysix
01-27-2008, 07:03 PM
did anyone else see that alien waving? the one sitting by the parked saucer with the I Heart Texas sticker--s6

nerds
01-27-2008, 07:10 PM
Wonderful, thanks for putting these up.

:Thumbs:

nerds
01-27-2008, 07:11 PM
did anyone else see that alien waving? the one sitting by the parked saucer with the I Heart Texas sticker--s6


I'm pretty sure that's Duane, shakey. That's an El Camino saucer parked there.

shakeysix
01-27-2008, 07:18 PM
damn! he has returned!--s6