Intercrater plains and heavily cratered terrain typical of much of Mercury outside the area affected by the formation of the Caloris basin are shown in this image taken during the NASA's Mariner 10's first encounter with Mercury in 1974.

Intercrater plains and heavily cratered terrain typical of much of Mercury outside the area affected by the formation of the Caloris basin are shown in this image taken during the NASA's Mariner 10's first encounter with Mercury in 1974.

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Intercrater Plains and Heavily Cratered Terrain - First Encounter

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