Revelations on Mercury
This image shows us a spectacular high-resolution view of newly named Ailey crater. Ailey is one of 23 Mercury craters recently assigned names by the IAU, and is named for the 20th century choreographer and activist Alvin Ailey. Ailey was best known for his role in revolutionizing African-American participation in 20th century concert dance and popularizing modern dance with pieces like his signature 1960 work, Revelations. Like its namesake, Ailey crater has revelations of its own, as landslides expose fresh material along the crater walls.
Date acquired: December 22, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington