Global View of Mercury – Animation

  • Released Thursday, February 24, 2022

This animation of our solar system’s innermost planet, Mercury, is made from images taken by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. The animation can be looped and is also available on a transparent background.

MESSENGER was a robotic space probe that orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015. During that time, it captured detailed images of the planet’s surface, mapped its topography, and studied its mineral composition, gravity, magnetic field, and tenuous atmosphere.

Data for this animation provided by: NASA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Arizona State University, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

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This page was originally published on Thursday, February 24, 2022.
This page was last updated on Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 11:44 AM EDT.


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