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Stieglitz Strikes
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Stieglitz Strikes
Release Date: October 10, 2012
Topics: Crater Chains, , , Stieglitz

Date acquired: August 27, 2012
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 254597551
Image ID: 2471483
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 74.83°
Center Longitude: 67.77° E
Resolution: 16 meters/pixel
Scale: The vertical field of view in this image is approx. 20 km (13 mi.) across
Incidence Angle: 84.1°
Emission Angle: 47.3°
Phase Angle: 131.4°

Of Interest: Following on from Monday's Featured Image, we revisit Stieglitz crater, this time focusing on its ejecta blanket. In this image, with north to the right, a Sun low on the horizon enhances the appearance of the secondary impacts that form linear chains that radiate from the larger Stieglitz impact. Smaller secondaries can be seen in the middle of the image, apparent as very small craters with irregular distributions.

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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