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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

At the Edge of Darkness

Filed under pretty pictures, Mercury, MESSENGER

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At the Edge of Darkness The MESSENGER spacecraft returned this close view of Petronius Crater near the north pole of Mercury. The floor of the 36-km crater, which never sees the sun, hides deposits of water ice.

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

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This image is in the public domain. Original image data dated on or about February 19, 2013

 

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