Coyote Mercury

words, birds and whatever else by James Brush

Tag: mercury

Among the Ruins of Stars

mercury drops
rolling through palms

faster than setting
summer stars

whose ancestors shed
the iron in our blood

follow the electrons
to noble gasses

follow the moon-eyed
smiler to his treasure

peel back the asphalt
by the factory

find mercury balls
rolling marbles

in our soft
and willing hands

Because this Blog Has Mercury in Its Name

MESSENGER's first picture from Mercury orbit (courtesy NASA)

This is the first image ever taken from orbit around Mercury. Pretty cool, right? The image comes from NASA’s MESSENGER. NASA had this to say on its image of the day page:

At 5:20 am EDT on Mar. 29, 2011, MESSENGER captured this historic image of Mercury. This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the Solar System’s innermost planet. Over the subsequent six hours, MESSENGER acquired an additional 363 images before downlinking some of the data to Earth. The MESSENGER team is currently looking over the newly returned data, which are still continuing to come down.

Phil at Bad Astronomy has more including the name of that big crater, Debussy.

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