June 16, 2014
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET):
45232494, 45232490, 45232488
6510119, 6510117, 6510116
Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
9, 7, 6 (996, 748, 433 nanometers) in red, green, and blue
This image is 1585 km (985 miles) across.
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Today's image features a large area near the south pole of Mercury. On the right side of this image, going from top to bottom are both the Terror Rupes
and Eltanin Rupes. In the middle of the right edge is Alver
, a peak-ring crater. Below Alver is Disney
, a crater named after the animator Walt Disney.
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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