Mickey Mouse Silhouette was spotted in wild by NASA on planet Mercury. Mickey Mouse was one of the most liked and beloved characters from Disney World. The image above is a peculiar Mickey Mouse silhouette that was spotted by NASA’s Messenger spacecraft on planet Mercury.
Can it really be Mickey Mouse? It’s actually a pattern of impact craters that resembles the head of Disney character Mickey Mouse. According to MSNBC, the head measures about 65 miles across which means it’s pretty huge.
NASA posted this picture on Flickr saying “The shadowing helps define the striking ‘Mickey Mouse’ resemblance, created by the accumulation of craters over Mercury’s long geologic history.”
The silhouette was in the South of Mercury, close to a crater called Magritte. The spacecraft that took this picture is first to orbit Mercury planet. Messenger embarked on this journey on August 2004. It has been taking pictures of the craters for quite a long time, and is reported to have taken over 80 thousands pictures.
On January 14, 2008, Messenger took an image of a large surface of Mercury that was never seen before by NASA.
After getting this image, observers had been examining this portion of its surface very closely and enthusiastically. These dots on the pictures are actually impact craters. NASA is obviously observing other planets as well. For example, Mars is reported to have around massive 635 thousands craters. Earth on the other hand has only around 200 impact craters.
Space is a mysterious place and so much is yet to be discovered. What are your thoughts on this discovery? Let us know in the comments section below.