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Hero Rupes

Hero Rupes
Feature type Rupes
Coordinates

58°24′S 171°24′W / 58.4°S 171.4°W / -58.4; -171.4[1]Coordinates: 58°24′S 171°24′W / 58.4°S 171.4°W / -58.4; -171.4[1]

Length 300 km[2]
Eponym Hero (sloop)[1]

Hero Rupes is an escarpment on Mercury more than 300 kilometers long[2] located in the southern hemisphere of Mercury.[1] Discovered by the Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974, it was formed by a thrust fault, thought to have occurred due to the shrinkage of the planet's core as it cooled over time.[3]

The scarp is named after sloop Hero, Nathaniel Palmer's ship to explore Antarctic coast, 1820–21.[1]

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