"The agency explains that the photograph was obtained by Messenger's Wide Angle Camera using three separate images captured through 1000, 700, and 430 nanometre filters - "infrared, far red, and violet, respectively" ... "placed in the red, green, and blue channels, respectively"."
So it's not actually a true colour snap is it? That would involve capturing the visible spectrum pretty much as seen by the naked eye. This OTOH involves mapping other wavelengths onto the RGB channels and calling it a colour snap.
It is however technically impressive, especially when you consider that a few short decades ago photographs from space involved retrieving a roll of film from a satellite. Now if only I could see how the fuck they think they can justify the expenditure.