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Mercury Image List

This is a mosaic of the Caloris Basin and its surrounding area. The Caloris Basin is closest to the sun when Mercury is at the closest point in its orbit to the sun. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is a mosaic of one hemisphere of Mercury taken by the Mariner 10 on March 29, 1974. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is another mosaic of photos of Mercury taken from Mariner 10. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is an image of Mercury close-up. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is another mosaic of Mercury. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is a false color image of a mosaic of Mercury. (Courtesy of NASA)
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This is a mosaic of the Shakespeare quadrangle of Mercury. (Courtesy of NASA)
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The Magnetic Poles of Mercury

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Atmosphere of Mercury

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Magnetosphere of Mercury

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