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Mercury in color from Mariner 10

Mercury in color from Mariner 10

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NASA / JPL / Ted Stryk

Mercury in color from Mariner 10
This mosaic of Mercury was assembled by Ted Stryk from many individual frames taken by Mariner 10 as it departed Mercury after its first flyby on March 29, 1974. The Caloris basin is just visible on the terminator (day-night boundary) on the left side of the image.

Stryk composed this false-color view by using ultraviolet frames in the blue channel, blue frames in the green channel, and "minus UV" in the red channel. This image represents the best global view of Mercury before MESSENGER.

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License. For uses not allowed by that license, contact us to request publication permission from the copyright holder: Ted Stryk

Original image data dated on or about March 29, 1974

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