You need to upgrade your Flash Player The theme of this blog is not only and obviously space, but in particular “terrestrial worlds”, places that tend to have surfaces on which one could walk or at least attach oneself to. These places sometimes also have other earth-like familiar features such as atmospheres, weather, volcanos, geysers and perhaps, we are finding, even exotic oceans, rivers or lakes that are not necessarily made of familiar materials we are used to here at home. The second theme is imagery. Occasionally I do some retouching of images when needed if an image is incomplete or sometimes “dirty” or noisy. I will attempt to correct image shortcomings based upon other images or well-accepted presumed attributes. When this is done, notes will be offered as to what was added, why and sometimes how it was done. This way no one should ever wonder if something they are looking at is real or photoshop.

Wallpaper: Mercury Portrait

Wallpaper: Mercury

Sadly, Mercury has got to be the least interesting of the planets. It lacks any moons, lacks any substantial atmosphere and seems at a glance to be a duplicate of our own moon. At this point in time there has only been one mission to study Mercury up-close, Mariner 10 in 1973, so our information is quite limited. However, there is a mission on its way to Mercury right now named Messenger as well as a European/Japanese effort name Bepi-Columbo. Perhaps those missions will enlighten us all to things unseen on Mercury.

NOTE: This “portrait” wallpaper has been updated with a more recent color image taken during the January 2008 Messenger flyby.

9 Responses to “Wallpaper: Mercury Portrait”

  1. dan Says:

    i dont think its that boring but sure it doesnt have anything but its still a planetand closest to the sun

  2. thomas Says:

    i am a little bored.

  3. Charlotte Says:

    could you give us a BIT more info on mercury cause i gotta du a project on it and i can’t with this info!!! (can i?)

  4. thomas Says:

    Why not try planetary.org for their run-down of Mercury. This site is really image-centric and the science and info is more the icing, seeing as Mercury has very little imagery to work with it is poorly represented here. However, that will soon change with the Messenger mission currently on its way to our smallest planet.

  5. Wills Says:

    I think it is quite interesting. Most people (not me) think Uranus is most boring, as it is very plain.

  6. thomas Says:

    Hey, lets try and keep Uranus out of this.

  7. amina Says:

    I love the mystery of astrology… the space, universe….. I’m always keen to know what is beyond the universe???? Everything has it’s end so I do believe that this universe ends somewhere….. I know it’s what I think but I love to dream and wonder about it……….

  8. Malignor Says:

    How can you say this is boring?
    While looking at it, imagine being there. Not boring: Terrifying.
    Freeze to death on one side, bake to death on the other.
    There would be a very thin, and ever-moving band of “not instant death” temperatures.
    The only places in Mercury’s neighborhood that have any chance for a colony (temperature wise) are on the poles behind a manufactured radiation shield, or in just the right orbit on the edge of Mercury’s shadow. The colony’s only worth in a solar economy would be as a trading point (since it’s in the “middle”) and energy production (think of the solar energy one could get).

  9. thomas Says:

    It is just so Luna to me. We could just explore more moon and kind of know what Mercury is like. It is also so out of the way. Apparently more complicated to try and orbit than most destinations.

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