February 10, 2012
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
39.2° N to 42.1° N
150.6° E to 155.3° E
Munch crater is 58 km (36 mi.) in diameter
: Azimuthal equidistant
This image is a portion of the MDIS global mosaic basemap
that was acquired during MESSENGER's first year in orbit. The scene shows a dramatic close-up of Munch crater, named for the Norwegian impressionist painter, printmaker, and draftsman Edvard Munch (1863-1944). On Wednesday, May 2nd 2012, one of four versions of Munch's famous 1895 pastel The Scream
sold at auction for $119.9 million, becoming one of the most expensive pieces of artwork in the world.
is situated within the Caloris basin
, the youngest large impact basin on Mercury. The floor of Caloris has been flooded with volcanic flows. The ejecta blanket
surrounding Munch contains dark material
that originated at depth and was excavated by the Munch-forming impact. This dark material may correspond to rock types " termed lithologies " that are mineralogically distinct from those we see on the surface.
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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