C is for Crater, Found on Mercury: Cookie Monster in Space

Evidence of life has been discovered on the planet Mercury.  It is blue and furry and has a mad hankerin’ for coooooooookies!

Not really, but a photo recently posted by scientists working on NASA’s Messenger mission to the small planet prompted them to give it the title, “Anyone Else Think This Looks Like the Cookie Monster?”  The photo posted on NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Flickr page features a large impact crater with two smaller craters above it, giving it an eerily similar facade to that of the beloved cookie fiend with whom we’re all familiar.


Image acquired August 29, 2012. CREDIT: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Thanks to More Bonuses for the heads up on this little gem.

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