The Stars and Stripes Forever
Sousa, the large crater in the southeast corner of this image, was named after John Philip Sousa (1854-1932). He was an American composer and conductor known for his military marches including The Washington Post, Semper Fidelis and The Stars and Stripes Forever. This crater contains remnants of a peak ring and has a clear ejecta blanket. If you look at the ejecta blanket hard enough, you can almost see fireworks! Happy 4th of July from MESSENGER!
Date acquired: January 23, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington