August 28, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
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687684, 687689, 687685
Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
9, 7, 6 (996, 748, 433 nanometers) in red, green, and blue
Mercury's radius is approximately 2440 km (1516 miles)
In this view of Mercury's limb, the Rembrandt basin
is at top right with Kipling crater
to its left. Because MESSENGER's orbit
is highly elliptical, the spacecraft is afforded a beautiful view of Mercury's southern hemisphere on every orbit.
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, MDIS is scheduled to acquire more than 75,000 images in support of MESSENGER's science goals.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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