January 24, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
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Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
9, 7, 6 (996, 748, 433 nanometers) in red, green, and blue
2880 meters/pixel (1.79 mi./pixel)
The right edge of the image is ~1535 km (954 mi.) from top to bottom.
North is to the right in this image.
Today's image features a color view of the southern pole of Mercury. About midway down the image, the edge of the large Chao Meng-Fu
crater, which lies almost directly on the south pole, can be seen poking out from the shadows
. Surrounding Chao Meng-Fu are Roerich, Lovecraft
, Hurley and L'Engle
craters. This image was obtained as part of the 11-color south polar imaging campaign, through which scientists hope to be able to use the relative brightness of the surface in different colors
to understand its composition.
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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