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Following the Family Pasch
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Following the Family Pasch
Release Date: July 30, 2012
Topics: Hollows, ,

Date acquired: August 02, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 220806909
Image ID: 583344
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 46.10°
Center Longitude: 134.8° E
Resolution: 20 meters/pixel
Scale: This image is about 10 km (6.2 miles) from top to bottom.
Incidence Angle: 76.3°
Emission Angle: 12.4°
Phase Angle: 88.7°

Of Interest: This high-resolution targeted image offers a close-up view of Pasch's hollows-ridden central peaks. Hollows have been found to form on and around central peaks, as well as on crater rims. Pasch crater was named recently in April 2012 after the Swedish painter, Ulrica Fredrica Pasch. She came from a family of artists, including her father, brother, and uncle.

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 200-meter/pixel morphology base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury's surface at this high resolution, but typically several areas of high scientific interest are 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, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals.

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

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