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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

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.

NASA / JHUAPL / CIW

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This image is in the public domain. Original image data dated on or about January 7, 2013

 

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