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Movie of Global Imaging Coverage to Date
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Movie of Global Imaging Coverage to Date
Release Date: June 16, 2011
Topics: Impact Melt, Movies, NASA Press Conference 06/16/2011

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Date Presented: June 16, 2011, at a NASA press conference
Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)

Of Interest:This movie shows the current monochrome imaging coverage as of June 16, 2011, centered at 240° E, and zooms in to highlight one of the many striking features seen during the first few months of orbital operations. At 9.0° S, 254.7° E, impact melt flowed from an unnamed, 13-km-diameter impact crater, extending outward more than one crater diameter from the rim.

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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