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A Haven for Hollows
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A Haven for Hollows
Release Date: September 10, 2012
Topics: Craters with Bright Material, Hollows, NAC



Date acquired: July 19, 2012
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 251199474
Image ID: 2229903
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 41.24
Center Longitude: 123.8 E
Resolution: 18 meters/pixel
Scale: This crater is 14 kilometers (9 miles) in diameter
Incidence Angle: 67.0
Emission Angle: 41.5
Phase Angle: 108.6

Of Interest: This small crater possess some quality that makes it a haven for hollows. Hollows cover large regions of the crater's floor, as seen at Tyagaraja. Hollows also are located near the crater's rim and on material slumping down the crater's wall.

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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