April 18, 2014
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
40112892, 40112896, 40112968, 40112972
6145582, 6145583, 6145588, 6145589
Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
38.18°, 38.78°, 38.09° 38.77°
175.1° E, 175.0° E, 175.2° E, 175.1° E
Balanchine crater is approximately 41 km (25 mi.) in diameter.
39.9°, 40.5°, 39.8° 40.4°
7.9° 7.7°, 10.6°, 12.6°
41.1°, 39.1°, 31.0°, 29.2°
North is to the right.
This 3D view, made up of two pairs of stereo images, shows Balanchine crater
, which is located inside of Caloris basin
. The floor of Balanchine is covered in hollows
. The crater formed on top of an older crater and excavated low reflectance material
These image pairs were acquired as a targeted set of stereo images. Targeted stereo observations are acquired at resolutions much higher than that of the 200-meter/pixel stereo base map. These targets acquired with the NAC enable the detailed topography of Mercury's surface to be determined for a local area of interest.
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. In the mission's more than three years of orbital operations, MESSENGER has acquired over 250,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is capable of continuing orbital operations until early 2015.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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