Mercury's Colorful New Look

Mercury's Colorful New Look

This color image reveals two of Mercury's named craters, Basho and Bartok. Basho is the dark-rimmed crater to the far left of the image, and Bartok is the bright yellow crater approximately in the center. Both craters have visible central peaks, but Bartok's peaks appear blue in this image, indicating they may be made of a different material that was unearthed by the large force of the impact.

  • Catalog Number: NASA-PIA14378
  • Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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