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: They Call Me Muddy Waters

Thursday 21 March 2013

Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Mission: MESSENGER.

Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Narrow Angle Camera.

"They call me Muddy Water, I’m just as restless man, as the deep blue sea..." Waters crater has recently been named in honor of Blues legend "Muddy Waters" (McKinley Morganfield, April 4, 1913 - April 30, 1983). Muddy Waters was not only influential in the birth and growth of blues in Chicago, but also in many genres of modern music including rhythm and blues, jazz, country and rock ’n’ roll. The muddy ’water’ emanating from this crater is dark impact melt. As can be seen from the inset color image, the impact melt is not only dark, but also bluer (shallower spectral slope) than the surrounding terrain.

This image was acquired as a high-resolution targeted observation. Targeted observations are images of a small area on Mercury’s surface at resolutions much higher than the 200- meter/pixel morphology base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury’s surface at this high resolution, but typically several areas of high scientific interest are imaged in this mode each week.

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