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Cookie Monster Spotted On Mercury

All that money spent on space exploration was worth it, because scientists working on NASA’s Messenger mission found a crater arrangement that looks like Cookie Monster. Here’s how they explain it:

“The superposition of younger craters on older craters (in this case two smaller craters upon the rim of an older crater) can result in landforms that appear to resemble more familiar shapes to human eyes. More generally, the Law of Superposition allows scientists to determine which surface features pre- and postdate others, leading to a better understanding of the geological history of different regions of Mercury’s surface.”

Apparently, Mickey Mouse is also there – at least if you can pick him out in the photo after the jump.

(via MSNBC)

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