NASA spacecraft finds Mickey Mouse on Mercury

NASA spacecraft finds Mickey Mouse on Mercury »Play Video
Photo: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Mickey Mouse may already be an international star, but apparently he's also made an impact across the solar system.

NASA's Messenger spacecraft snapped the above image of a set of large craters on Mercury that resemble the silhouette of Disney's famous cartoon mouse.

Messenger is the first spacecraft to orbit the planet closest to the Sun, and it has been sending back pictures since March of 2011 after a 6 1/2-year trip from Earth.

The craters resembling Mickey Mouse are located on the southern section of the planet, which is covered with crater from pieces of asteroids and comet.

NASA says Messenger completed its initial yearlong mission and is now in an extended mission that is expected to send back another 80,000 images of the planet.