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Perspective on the Pole
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Perspective on the Pole
Release Date: November 29, 2012
Topics: HD Resolution Images, NASA Press Conference 11/29/12, Polar, Shadow and Water Ice,

Date Presented: November 29, 2012, at a NASA press conference
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Of Interest: Perspective view of Mercury's north polar region with the radar-bright regions shown in yellow. New results presented today at the NASA News Conference provide compelling evidence that the radar-bright deposits are water ice. View a higher resolution perspective view of Mercury's north polar region here and a high resolution map view of the north polar region here.

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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