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MESSENGER Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) Data Users’ Workshop 2013
About the Workshop
Since entering orbit in 2011, MESSENGER's Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) has acquired >100,000 images of Mercury's surface and created the first global maps of the Solar System's innermost planet. MDIS images are available in NASA's Planetary Data System (PDS), and on March 8, 2013, the first global maps based on MDIS images were released by the PDS; the global maps include one in monochrome to highlight surface morphology and one in eight colors. This workshop introduced all of the MDIS images and advanced data products available in the PDS, discussed the different calibrations and corrections applied to the data, introduced the two newly released global maps, and presented tools and software available to navigate and analyze MDIS data. The overall goal of the workshop was to increase the awareness and accessibility of the MDIS dataset to the larger scientific community, to support ongoing scientific projects, and to enable future research proposals.