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Messenger’s First Mercury Image in Color

Messenger Mercury in Color

11 Responses to “Messenger’s First Mercury Image in Color”

  1. Mark Says:

    I feel cheated. It looks just like the other images! :D

  2. thomas Says:

    shhh… stop reminding the viewing public how it looks just like our own moon which is 1/10 the distance and way easier to orbit.

  3. Gordan Says:

    1/10 the distance is a gross understatement.
    If you think THIS looks uninteresting, wait for actual natural color images… At least it’s more colorful than our old Moon.

  4. Bill Says:

    If you stretch the colors, you can see some interesting things. (see the lower image)

  5. thomas Says:

    i don’t mean to dis old mercury… but as the owner of a blog specializing in imagery, it is a bit of a disappointing place as it seems a duplicate of our own moon to the uneducated eye. i am spoiled by io and europa and titan.

  6. thomas Says:

    how is 1/100?

  7. Gordan Says:

    Closer. What did you expect of Mercury prior to this flyby? Why do you think we needed to wait 30 years for this in the first place?
    The place turned out MORE colorful than I expected.

  8. thomas Says:

    i like that there is a messenger mission, i just think that ESA also planning a Bepi/Columbo just makes me wish they had chosen to spend that money on another target. one mission at mercury is enough for me… give me ten missions at europa (i know they have very different requirements / challenges).

  9. Gordan Says:

    Mercury has something Europa doesn’t - power available. Europe doesn’t have RTGs so they can’t easily send a probe to the outer solar system. They’re stuck in the inner solar system for the time being. What other option was there for them - Venus? Yet ANOTHER Mars mission?
    What if MESSENGER suddenly fails before even reaching Mercury orbit, would you regret BepiColombo then?
    I can’t believe we’re actually arguing over too many missions to a body. We should be glad there ARE missions being launched. Remember the ’80s?

  10. thomas Says:

    true that. i am spoiled… the 90’s were so awesome that i look at the next 10 years and see a big gap coming again as nothing big has been officially slated yet. but i didn’t know the europeans didn’t have the ability to get beyond mars at this point.

    at any rate, i love as many missions as possible. i was just wishing we didn’t have 2 overlapping one target that is less enthralling than so many others.

    but i had also thought that BC was also a possible Messenger back-up… that is actually what made me wonder if they might switch out for a new target now that Messenger seems destined to be successful.

  11. thomas Says:

    nothing big except Mars Lab of course.

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