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NASA, the US Geological Survey and various university faculties have released a dream package for the imaginary hiker and geodata geek: a topographical model of Mercury. The release is based on data delivered by the Messenger spacecraft that slammed into the planet last year. Also taking part in the release are Arizona State …

  1. DougS Silver badge

    Countdown 3...2...1

    Before some conspiracy theorist spends the rest of the month closely scanning the images and finds a few features that look like pyramids or something else of technological origin and claims it goes along with the pyramids on the Moon, Mars and under the ice in Antarctica as proof of aliens that the government is hiding from us.

    1. Elmer Phud

      Re: Countdown 3...2...1

      Oh, come off it!

      We can clearly see that the image is a poorly 'shopped pic of a mouldy tangerine!

  2. Joeri

    That would be topographical?

    Topologically, Mercury is rather simple :)

  3. Christoph Silver badge

    But now we want ...

    Street View!

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Take a walk on the hot planet

    Mercury's not as hot as Venus so 'Take a walk on a hot planet' would be more accurate.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Toasty

    "What's the weather like?"

    "The usual, boiling lead, oceans of lava"

    "sooo.... shorts?"

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