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Kuiper crater, Mercury, MESSENGER

Kuiper crater, Mercury, MESSENGER

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NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NASA / JOHNS HOPKINS UNIVERSITY APPLIED PHYSICS LABORATORY / CARNEGIE INSTITUTION OF WASHINGTON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption

Kuiper crater. Enhance-colour image of the Kuiper crater on the surface of the planet Mercury. This relatively young crater measures 60 kilometres in diameter and was named after the Dutch-US astronomer Gerard Kuiper. Here, the redder colour may be due to a compositionally distinct material excavated from depth by the impact that formed Kuiper. Imaged by NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging) spacecraft, on 2nd September 2011.

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