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NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

A View Looking Down on the North Pole of Mercury (Center)

Red circles show the locations of impact craters larger than 20 km in diameter. The area of contiguous northern high-latitude smooth plains mapped by MESSENGER from orbit (inside the black line) covers 4.7 million square kilometers, over 6% of the surface of Mercury. Note that the number of craters superposed on the plains is much less than in the surrounding areas, indicating the relative youth of the plains.

Image Credit: Courtesy of Science/AAAS and Brown University

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