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Debussy on Mercury

Posted at 10:38 AM on March 30, 2011 by Daniel Gilliam
Filed under: Claude Debussy, In the media

I don't know if you've followed the Messenger mission, but it's the first spacecraft dedicated to orbiting Mercury - our innermost planet. It was launched in 2004, and just a week ago made it into orbit.

The first pictures arrived yesterday, and I was fascinated by the choice of Messenger's first photographic return: "Debussy and Its Hundreds of Miles of Raysdebussy_2.jpg." "Debussy," in this case is a crater, with prominent rays that extend hundreds of kilometers out.