• At top center is the first laser altimeter profile of Mercury's topography, taken by MESSENGER's Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) instrument during the spacecraft's recent flyby of Mercury. At bottom center is the MLA ground projected onto a mosaic of radar images. At top left is a photograph of the MLA flight unit. MIT professor Maria Zuber is leading the analysis of the MLA data for the mission.

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  • The MESSENGER spacecraft obtained this image of Mercury's Caloris basin showing a set of troughs radiating outward, nicknamed 'the spider' by the science team.

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Mercury rising: New images of planet draw interest



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