NASA found Han Solo on Mercury [Image]

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The above-shown photo of Mercury was taken by NASA’s Messenger Probe in 2011, and recently it hit the headlines due to its resemblance to carbonite-frozen Han Solo from Star Wars. The humor of this whole situation was not lost on the NASA scientists studying the images; not only did they name the photo “He will not be permanently damaged” but they also gave the following quote to Yahoo:

A portion of the terrain surrounding the northern margin of the Caloris basin hosts an elevated block in the shape of a certain carbonite-encased smuggler who can make the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs.

If there are two things you should remember, it’s not to cross a Hutt, and that Mercury’s surface can throw up all kinds of surprises. This block may be part of the original surface that pre-dates the formation of Caloris, which was shaped by material ejected during the basin-forming event.

I always knew Star Wars was real.

[via Geekologie, Yahoo]

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  1. Darcy

    Reminds me of “The Face of Mars” Discovered in 1976 by Viking 1.
    http://img4.allvoices.com/thumbs/image/609/480/94216469-mars-seen.jpg – Original photo
    http://www.drraytalks.com/files/Martian_face_viking_rotated.jpg – Original photo enlarged and rotated
    http://upanh.vannientung.com/images/51167323264370422356.jpg – Original photo and surrounding terrain
    http://science1.nasa.gov/media/medialibrary/2001/05/23/ast24may_1_resources/threefaces.gif – 1976 photo beside 1998 and 2001 photos of the same

    This article explains NASA’s study of the face and what they found in more detail. http://science1.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2001/ast24may_1/