NASA's Top Images of 2012

Mickey Mouse on Mercury

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mercury image

credit: NASA

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The broad reach of Disney should never be underestimated. NASA found evidence that even the distant planet of Mercury is a fan.

This scene is to the northwest of the recently named crater Magritte, in Mercury's south. The image is not map projected; the larger crater actually sits to the north of the two smaller ones. The shadowing helps define the striking "Mickey Mouse" resemblance, created by the accumulation of craters over Mercury's long geologic history.

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