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Mercury, as Seen in High Resolution
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Mercury, as Seen in High Resolution
Release Date: April 8, 2011

Date acquired: April 05, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 210460806
Image ID: 91859
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 73.35°
Center Longitude: 4.53° E
Resolution: 16 meters/pixel
Scale: The largest crater near the bottom of the image is 2.6 kilometers (1.6 miles) in diameter
Incidence Angle: 74.5°
Emission Angle: 6.1°
Phase Angle: 80.6°

Of Interest: As the MESSENGER spacecraft sped over Mercury's north polar region, the NAC captured this image in very high resolution. This area is located north of Hokusai.

This image was acquired as a high-resolution targeted observation. Targeted observations are images of a small area on Mercury's surface at resolutions much higher than the 250-meter/pixel (820 feet/pixel) morphology base map or the 1-kilometer/pixel (0.6 miles/pixel) color base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury's surface at this high resolution during MESSENGER's one-year mission, but several areas of high scientific interest are generally imaged in this mode each week.

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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