Make Your Own Mercury Porn

The Messenger Space Probe is flying past Mercury as you read this, taking pictures of the night side of the planet no human has yet seen. It'll be a while before we get images as cool as the 1997 NASA image on the left. But you can download realtime images from the probe's cameras, and combine them to make your own Mercury art right now. Click through for images and a tutorial.

Make Your Own Mercury PornS

NASA's Mercury Visualization Tool includes a slider bar. You can choose the time period of black-and-white images by the minute, the second and even the hundredth of a second. For each time period, there are images from the Wide-Angle Camera, the Narrow-Angle Camera and the sensor footprint. You can also choose a "phase" of the exploration, including WAC Approach Color Imaging or WAC Departure Mosaic.

Probably the best way to find the coolest Mercury images via this site is just to set a refresh rate of 1 second and then hit "play" on the slideshow. The site will jump forward in time a minute or so at a time. Just be prepared to hit "pause" when something good pops up. And then get ready to spend a few hours in Photoshop making your images sexier. Send us your best Mercury porn and maybe we can post a gallery. [Messenger Visualization Tool]