A NASA Discovery mission to conduct the first orbital study
of the innermost planet
NASA logo carnegie institution logo JHU APL logo

Why Mercury?
The Mission
Gallery
Education
News Center
Science Operations
Who We Are
FAQs
Related Links
Contacts
Home

Download iPhone/iPad app Explore orbital data with quickmap Question and Answer Mercury Orbit Insertion Where is MESSENGER? Where is Mercury now? Subscribe to MESSENGER eNews



Munkácsy's Inner Ring Painted Over
Click on image to enlarge.
Munkácsy's Inner Ring Painted Over
Release Date: August 25, 2009
Topics: Mercury Flyby 1, NAC, Named Craters, Volcanism



Date Acquired: January 14, 2008
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 108828515
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Resolution: 510 meters/pixel (0.32 miles/pixel)
Scale: Munkácsy is 180 kilometers in diameter (112 miles)
Spacecraft Altitude: 20,000 kilometers (12,400 miles)

Of Interest: Munkácsy appears near the terminator, the division between the dark nightside and sunlit dayside of the planet, in this image taken during MESSENGER’s first Mercury flyby. Munkácsy originally had a double-ring basin structure, but most of the inner ring was buried when the basin was flooded with volcanic lava. Only a few remnants of the ring poke up through the lava, although low ridges in the lava seem to trace out much of the rest of the ring’s circumference. This small impact basin was recently named for Mihály Munkácsy, a Hungarian painter (1844-1900).

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


For information regarding the use of MESSENGER images, see the image use policy.


   

   Top  | Contacts
© 1999-2014 by JHU/APL