PIA17828: 2013 in MESSENGER Images

2013 in MESSENGER Images


The year 2013 has been another year of operations and discoveries for MESSENGER, finally including 100% image coverage of the planet by the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)! As another year draws to a close, we look back at some of the featured images from the year, and look forward to continued operations, including some of the highest-resolution images ever taken of Mercury, in 2014!

January: They Call Me Muddy Waters
February: Colors of the Innermost Planet
March: A Colorful Group
April: An Unnamed Wonder
May: 100% Coverage
June: It's a Sublimation Formation!
July: Digital Elevation Model of Mercury's Northern Hemisphere
August: Peek-a-boo!
September: A Volcanic View
October: Degas' Impression
November: A Late Holloween
December: On the Horizon

You can also revisit previous yearly compilations from 2008 , 2009 , 2010 , 2011 , and 2012 .

Background Info:

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. MESSENGER acquired over 150,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is capable of continuing orbital operations until early 2015.

For information regarding the use of images, see the MESSENGER image use policy .

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Mercury
Target Type Planet
Instrument Host MESSENGER
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Extra Keywords Color, Radio, Volcano, Water
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2013-12-31
Date in Caption
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA17828
Identifier PIA17828