Bruce Murray Space Image Library
Prokofiev's permanent shadow
Filed under pretty pictures, Mercury, MESSENGER
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
This image is in the public domain.
Original image data dated on or about January 7, 2013
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