October 6, 2008
Mercury's Rembrandt basin mosaic: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS). Image of the Earth: Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR).
Rembrandt basin has a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles)
To put the size of Mercury's Rembrandt basin into a familiar context, a NAC mosaic of the basin
is overlaid on an AVHRR image of the east coast of the United States. With a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles), such a feature if formed at this location on Earth would encompass the cities of Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts, and everything in between. This graphic was presented last week during a NASA media teleconference. Click here
to see other items shown during that event.
Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Smithsonian Institution/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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