NASA probe offers new view of Mercury: an alien world right in our back yard|
It is radically unlike the other rocky bodies of our solar system - Venus, Mars, Earth, the moon, and the moons of other planets. Its core is too big; its surface too scrunched.
It looks shriveled, like a liposuction patient left with too much skin.
It contains too much iron. Its internal structure - how the planet is built - is confounding.
Its magnetic field is out of whack, asymmetrical.
And its surface is strange, a jagged, ragged landscape of soaring escarpments, snaking faults, half-buried "ghost craters," dead volcanos and mysterious pit-marked "hollows."
Posted: 7:32:55 AM