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A Rough-and-tumble World
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A Rough-and-tumble World
Release Date: February 24, 2009
Topics: Mercury Flyby 2,

Date Acquired: October 6, 2008
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 131771118
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Resolution: 140 meters/pixel (0.09 miles/pixel) near the bottom of the image
Scale: Stravinsky crater is 190 kilometers in diameter (120 miles)
Spacecraft Altitude: 5,500 kilometers (3,400 miles)

Of Interest: This NAC image shows a close-up view of the craters Vyasa and Stravinsky. Stravinsky is the smooth-floored crater partially seen on the right side of the image that overlies the rim of the larger, rougher crater Vyasa in the center and left. The low-Sun lighting angle casts distinctive shadows that show Mercury's rough surface, pockmarked by craters of all sizes. Small craters are visible on the smooth-floor of Stravinsky because of the high resolution of this image.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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