August 13, 2013
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
This image is roughly 90 kilometers across (56 miles)
North is to the right to enhance the 3D effect
Today's image is located on the western edge of the Rembrandt basin
. A scarp
cuts right through a pair of older impact craters, leaving them deformed. This image is an anaglyph, which creates a 3D effect when viewed through a pair of red-cyan glass
. If you've found a pair of glasses, check out these other 3D views
created with MESSENGER images.
This image was acquired as a targeted set of stereo images. Targeted stereo observations are acquired at resolutions much higher than that of the 200-meter/pixel stereo base map. These targets acquired with the NAC enable the detailed topography of Mercury's surface to be determined for a local area of interest.
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. During the first two years of orbital operations, MESSENGER acquired over 150,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is capable of continuing orbital operations until early 2015.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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