Taken by the Messenger probe in 2011, the newly released image shows a surface feature that looks vaguely like the outline of a human body -- except that it's miles across.
The clever folks working the Messenger mission noticed the resemblance right away:
"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. In this image, 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 twelve parsecs. 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."
NASA scientists are also sure to point out that the phenomenon of seeing recognizable shapes in random landforms is a form of pareidolia -- a common occurrence when gazing at planetary surfaces, as anyone who remembers the "Mars rat" knows.
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