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The Newly Discovered Rembrandt Impact Basin
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The Newly Discovered Rembrandt Impact Basin
Release Date: May 5, 2009
Topics: 2009 Science Magazine, Mercury Flyby 2, Mosaics, , Rembrandt

Date Acquired: October 6, 2008
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Scale: Rembrandt basin has a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles)

Of Interest: This NAC mosaic of the newly discovered Rembrandt impact basin was presented last week during a NASA media teleconference. The number per area and size distribution of impact craters superposed on Rembrandt's rim indicates that it is one of the youngest impact basins on Mercury. To read more about Rembrandt and view other images presented during the event, visit the media teleconference webpage.

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

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