Ring in the New Year to Some Ragtime
We begin the New Year with an introduction to some of the newly named craters on Mercury. Had you been celebrating the New Year at the turn of the 19th century, you might have danced the night away to the music of Joplin crater's namesake. Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917) composed some of the best-known ragtime pieces, including iconic works like "The Entertainer". This high-resolution observation of Joplin crater reveals a partial peak ring as well as a more prominent cluster of larger central peaks.
Date acquired: January 16, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington