The Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Filed under pretty pictures, Mercury, MESSENGER
Mercury's spectacular Debussy crater as seen by the MESSENGER spacecraft. To the eye, the 80-km-wide crater would appear colored mostly in shades of gray. But by combining images taken through the orbiter's 996, 748, and 433 nm filters for red, green, and blue we can suddenly see the color differences that reveal the mineralogy of the surface.
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington/Bill Dunford
Original image data dated on or about February 13, 2013.
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