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CLIP 9807

First images of Mercury

First images of Mercury

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Key Info
  • First images of Mercury
  • Duration: 02:14
  • In 1973, the Mariner 10 probe sent the first detailed images of the surface of Mercury back to Earth, showing that it was heavily cratered. This supported the planetary accretion theory. Published as part of the Solar System website: Please note this clip is only available in Flash.
  • Subject:



    Phys: Solar System

  • Keywords: Mercury, Mariner, probe, outerspace, crater
Ideas for use in class
  • To describe how astronomers use space probes to gain data on the characteristics of planets and other bodies in the Solar System.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 16x9

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