|Marco Foronda |||Apr 29, 2015 09:53 AM EDT|
(Photo : NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington.) MASCS/MDIS color mosaics of Mercury
Stunning images of Mercury have been spotted just before MESSENGER runs out of fuel. Mars is popularly coined as red planet and through the recent images; Mercury can claim the title as a “rainbow planet.”
It was in August 3, 2004 when stands for Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geoochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) was launched and inserted into orbit of Mercury on March 18, 2011 and had successfully taken shots of the Mercury that doesn’t always been flashy.
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For the past years the spacecraft was able to send almost 250,000 images as well as other data. The planet’s images have usually been in an inky color, but NASA images are more on a psychedelic colors that will give any space enthusiasts to see the planet’s surface in a clearer manner.
Mercury appeared to be rainbow-colored and can be explained by a system that is responsible in capturing the spectral data that is about the surface and exosphere of the planet.
“Data was overlain onto a monochrome mosaic, and an instrument was able to map rugged landforms and craters on the planet's surface in an array of colors,” explained in NASA statement.
MESSENGER also believed to crash into the Mercury any day after more than a decade after it was launch. It is predicted that the spacecraft will crash on the planet on April 30 with more than 8,700 mph.
MESSENGER is considered as the second spacecraft that was sent to Mercury. Mariner 10 happened to flew almost three times in 1974 and 1975; the spacecraft was able to gather detailed data which is about half the surface.
NASA is now active on social media through Twitter as they are now tweeting using the MESSENGER account and giving information about the final leg and says that it’s “been a wonderful and exciting trip."
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