View of the Mercury’s northern polar region, taken by the Messenger probe’s Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS). Among other things, you will find the Rivera crater. Yellow areas indicate locations showing evidence of water ice.
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Our photon already passed Mercury’s orbit a while ago, but let’s take a look at this planet, to see something visible for a change.
Did you know that every new crater has to be named after a deceased Earth artist, composer or writer? To be considered, they also had to be famous for more than 50 years and had died over 3 years before. That’s what I call precision!
Rivera, Warhol, Monet, Schevchenko, Komeda, Byron, Boznańska, and Thoreau.
You’ve marked your territory on Mercury. You don’t even live here – which isn’t surprising: temperature fluctuates between -180 and +430 oC – but you just can’t stop yourselves from naming, spraying the next terrain.
Surely, it must be helpful when communicating about it, but it’s just hard not to see it as a warm-up before the next colonisation.