The above image is a view of the QuickMap tool
, available from the "Explore Orbital Data with QuickMap
" button on the left side of this page. You can easily locate the nine newly named craters
on Mercury by following these simple steps:
First, open QuickMap
Click on the triangle to the left of "Location Overlays" (1 in above image)
Click on the box to the left of "Mercury features" (2 in above image)
Click on the triangle to the right of "Mercury features" (3 in above image)
Click on the tab labeled "Search" (4 in above image)
Type the name of a newly named crater
into the box and click on "Find" (5 in above image)
Click on the crater name and QuickMap will take you there! (6 in above image)
Have fun exploring Mercury's newly named craters and much more!
[As a note, the newly named craters Disney, Kobro, and Komeda are located in Mercury's southern region and may be easier to explore by changing the map projection to "South Polar Stereographic." (7 in the above image)
The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation
are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury?
section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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