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'Han Solo' photographed on Mercury

By T.K. Randall
September 20, 2013 · Comment icon 41 comments



The rock resembles the shape of a humanoid figure. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University
NASA's Messenger spacecraft has caught an unusual looking shape on the nearest planet to the sun.
Launched in 2004, the eagle-eyed probe has managed to capture many photographs of the planet's surface including one shot which includes a particularly familiar looking shape that seems at first glance to be somewhat out of place.

On an image taken of Mercury's Caloris basin is an ancient block of surface crust jutting upwards from the ground that bears an uncanny resemblance to a humanoid figure with its arms raised up in the air. Observers of the photograph have pointed out that the shape looks a lot like the iconic image of Star Wars character Han Solo after he had been frozen in carbonite.
While little more than a case of pareidolia, the tendency for us to see meaningful shapes in otherwise abstract patterns, the sighting of this image is similar in nature to the infamous "Face on Mars" which was photographed in Mars' Cydonia region by the Viking 1 spacecraft in 1976.

"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," NASA wrote. "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."

Source: Universe Today | Comments (41)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #32 Posted by Hatake Kakashi 10 years ago
I'm not seeing Han but I see something. The legs are the giveaway.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Lava_Lady 9 years ago
Looks more like Princess Lea, I see breasts and a right hand waving.
Comment icon #34 Posted by Anunaqui 9 years ago
Undoubtedly Richard C. Hoagland will classify it as an artificial anomaly just like he did with the "apartments" (shale) on Mars
Comment icon #35 Posted by Daniel Knight 9 years ago
Thankyou coast to coast am for wasting my time
Comment icon #36 Posted by Waspie_Dwarf 9 years ago
Undoubtedly Richard C. Hoagland will classify it as an artificial anomaly just like he did with the "apartments" (shale) on Mars That man's name has no place in a science section.
Comment icon #37 Posted by Shayde 9 years ago
Who on earth saw this and went 'that's Han Solo'. Somebody who needs to get out more? Looking at though, it looks more like a pair of fossilized pliers. Or a really big tooth. And if it's more the latter than former, then how big is the beastie that tooth comes from....
Comment icon #38 Posted by Junior Chubb 9 years ago
No he didn't. George Lucas stated "The controversy over who shot first, Greedo or Han Solo, in Episode IV, what I did was try to clean up the confusion, but obviously it upset people because they wanted Solo to be a cold-blooded killer, but he actually isnít. It had been done in all close-ups and it was confusing about who did what to whom. I put a little wider shot in there that made it clear that Greedo is the one who shot first, but everyone wanted to think that Han shot first, because they wanted to think that he actually just gunned him down." And WTF does Lucas know about Star wars? The ... [More]
Comment icon #39 Posted by Junior Chubb 9 years ago
Somebody who needs to get out more? I would challenge this statement in person, but the front door is so far away from my basement I cannot be bothered to use it, in fact I can't even remember where it is...
Comment icon #40 Posted by highdesert50 9 years ago
Do you suppose the reason we are having difficulty identifying Han on Mercury is because his face is missing. But wait, was it not the Face on Mars?
Comment icon #41 Posted by markdohle 9 years ago
Looks like a toad that was run over by a car.....perhaps it was once a super highway......this should be looked into LOL


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