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Why does Mercury have so many craters?

Why does Mercury have so many craters?

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Asked by K. Tanaka, Last updated: Jul 24, 2020

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M. Klose

M. Klose, Content Writer, Oakland

Answered Oct 22, 2018

Not a lot of information is really known about Mercury because it is a planet that is dangerous and extreme. A few probes have inspected and explored Mercury, but overall there is still not a lot of information known about this planet. Over time, there may be more information available about Mercury. However, the little that is known includes the surface that could be seen from the probes. In total, there are a little less than four hundred craters on Mercury. They have three hundred ninety-seven to be exact.

These craters have names including Abedin, Aksakov, Ailey and Alver. They are named after the different famous people. Bach is another crater that was named after the famous composer. Another crater is named after the author Dickens.

 

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