October 18, 2014
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
7 (748 nanometers)
Poe crater is approximately 85 km (~53 mi.) in diameter.
This stunning limb view includes the northeastern portion of the Caloris basin
in the foreground. Poe
crater, a large, dark-rimmed crater, lies along the lower left edge of the image. Ailey
crater's bright rays
can be seen towards the center of the image. Balanchine
crater's hollow-covered floor
is located near the lower right corner of the image.
This image was acquired as part of a color context image for a VIRS targeted transect. Targeted color observations are images of a small area on Mercury's surface at resolutions higher than the 1-kilometer/pixel 8-color base map. During MESSENGER's one-year primary mission, hundreds of targeted color observations were obtained. During MESSENGER's extended mission, high-resolution targeted color observations are more rare, as the 3-color base map covered Mercury's northern hemisphere with the highest-resolution color images that are possible.
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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