Global view of Mercury from NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft.
This animation of our solar system’s innermost planet, Mercury, is made from images taken by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft. The animation can be looped and is also available on a transparent background.
MESSENGER was a robotic space probe that orbited Mercury between 2011 and 2015. During that time, it captured detailed images of the planet’s surface, mapped its topography, and studied its mineral composition, gravity, magnetic field, and tenuous atmosphere.
Data for this animation provided by: NASA, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, Arizona State University, and the Carnegie Institution of Washington.