NASA Scientists’ Stunning Discoveries on Planet Mercury | Ray Systems | MESSENGER Images Part 1

NASA Scientists’ Stunning Discoveries on Planet Mercury | Ray Systems | MESSENGER Images Part 1

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NASA's MESSENGER probes greatest images of Mercury's surface.
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Image Credits: NASA

Video and images credit of Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology (OIST, www.oist.jp).
For more information, see:
“Space Detectives! Sandbox Craters Reveal Secrets of Planetary Splash Marks and Lost Meteorites” (https://www.oist.jp/news-center/press-releases/space-detectives-sandbox-craters-reveal-secrets-planetary-splash-marks)
T. Sabuwala, C. Butcher, G. Gioia, and P. Chakraborty. Ray Systems in Granular Cratering (https://journals.aps.org/prl/abstract/10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.264501)

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When something is as incredibly difficult to get to as Mercury, it is extremely tricky to study. Which is one of the reasons why in all of human history, there have only ever been 2 missions to Mercury, with just one more on the way. Mariner 10 in 1974, MESSENGER in 2011 and BepiColombo due to arrive in 2025. Of these prior two missions, only MESSENGER went into orbit around Mercury, and so it is the only mission to ever give us close up shots of Mercury’s surface. And crazily enough, some of the formations we’ve seen on the surface are still unsolved mysteries even more than a decade on, while other formations give us hints at the raw primal power of the early solar system.