Mercury's Surface: Preliminary Description and Interpretation from Mariner 10 Pictures

  title={Mercury's Surface: Preliminary Description and Interpretation from Mariner 10 Pictures},
  author={Bruce C. Murray and Michael J. S. Belton and G. Edward Danielson and Merton E. Davies and Donald E. Gault and Bruce W. Hapke and B T O'leary and Robert Strom and Verner E. Suomi and Newell J. Trask},
  pages={169 - 179}
The surface morphology and optical properties of Mercury resemble those of the moon in remarkable detail and record a very similar sequence of events. Chemical and mineralogical similarity of the outer layers of Mercury and the moon is implied; Mercury is probably a differentiated planet with a large iron-rich core. Differentiation is inferred to have occurred very early. No evidence of atmospheric modification of landforms has been found. Large-scale scarps and ridges unlike lunar or martian… 

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