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The Knight in the Panther’s Skin

Monday 8 October 2012

oImage Credit: NASA/Johns Hpkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mission: MESSENGER.

Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Wide Angle Camera.

This color image shows Rustaveli, a newly named basin located in the Northern hemisphere of Mercury. The basin has a smooth, filled floor with little weathering and a peak-ring structure.

Shota Rustaveli was a Georgian poet who lived from 1172-1216. He is well known for writing the Georgian national epic poem, "The Knight in the Panther’s Skin". He is also the namesake of the coveted Shota Rustaveli State Prize, the highest honor a Georgian artist or writer can achieve.

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