Finished what I needed for the Cheetah drawing tonight so I went looking for images of Mercury for an eye. One of the things I have truly enjoyed about creating this series is that it gives me a reason to poke around in NASA files of their exploration of the solar system. I used to keep up on this stuff because I am technically a space nut. Painting the planets has been a real treat for me, as well as, reading up on the missions and how long they take. The Messenger mission that produced the images I will use for Mercury was launched in 2004, did not really start its mission until 2011, and ended the mission by crashing on Mercury on April 30, 2015. Wow.