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First Closeup Of Mercury From Orbiting Probe

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Nice try NASA, but I know the moon when I see it!

Note: High-res version HERE in case you want to look for aliens.

That's right folks, this is the first close-up (close-up being relative) photo of Mercury sent back to NASA from the MESSENGER (because Mercury was messenger to the gods, get it?!) space probe currently orbiting the planet. What does MESSENGER stand for? I'm glad you asked.

MErcury
Surface,
Space
ENvironment,
GEochemistry, and
Ranging.

Wow -- you guys should really consider firing your acronym guy because that's just terrible. "Still better than what we were gonna go with until we realized the whole 'messenger to the gods' tie in." Ha, I doubt it!

Mercury
Orbiting
Messenger and
Surface
EXperimenter

I stand corrected. Ya'll f***in' NASA-TY. "Did you really just..." Yes, yes I did. And I'm proud as hell about it.

MESSENGER's first picture from Mercury orbit! [badastronomy]

Thanks to Clark, who once took candid pictures of Mercury's ass with his camera-phone because he's a pervert.

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