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Prokofiev's permanent shadow

Prokofiev's permanent shadow

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Prokofiev's permanent shadow
Prokofiev, named in August 2012 for the Russian composer, is the largest crater in Mercury's north polar region to host radar-bright material. MESSENGER has found evidence that within the cold, dark, permanently shadowed regions of Prokofiev, water ice is exposed on the surface.

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Original image data dated on or about January 7, 2013

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