Friday, March 14, 2008

Sympathy for the crevices

Mysterious Craters Seen On Mercury

Craters come in all shapes and sizes, some more bizarre than others. Recent photos of Mercury have revealed two new categories of crater that scientists are puzzling over how to explain.

When NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft flew by the planet Jan. 14 it snapped pictures of several craters with strange dark halos and one crater with a spectacularly shiny bottom.

"The halos are really exceptional," said MESSENGER science team member Clark Chapman of the Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colorado. "We've never seen anything like them on Mercury before and their formation is a mystery."

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Well, I definitely see the craters. They look almost unimaginably deep! I bet you could get lost in one of those, and never get out. No halo, though, and no shiny bottom. Could we pull back just a little so we can get a better look?


Hey, wait a minute ... pull back a little more, please.


Well, that's just ... freaky.

Eventually, Chapman said, "we'll get to the bottom of this mystery," and probably many more mysteries yet to be revealed.

Perhaps. One day. But I doubt it.

And, in retrospect, it's probably best we can't see the shiny bottom.


Jay Jordan said...

they best leave well enough alone lest they get whacked with that Tele he's sportin'....

Doug said...

Ack! It's Magda from Something About Mary!