Another beautiful day on Mercury! At the bottom right is Alver crater , while the 760-km (475-mile) long Belgica Rupes can be seen at the top.
This image was acquired as part of MDIS's limb imaging campaign. Once per week, MDIS captures images of Mercury's limb, with an emphasis on imaging the southern hemisphere limb. These limb images provide information about Mercury's shape and complement measurements of topography made by the Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) of Mercury's northern hemisphere.
July 22, 2014
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 48360630
Image ID: 6731314
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filter: 7 (748 nanometers)
Center Latitude: -59.37°
Center Longitude: 58.76° E
Resolution: 811 meters/pixel
Scale: Alver crater is approximately 152 km (94 miles) in diameter
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.
For information regarding the use of images, see the MESSENGER image use policy .
|Instrument||Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)|
|Detector||Wide Angle Camera (WAC)|
|Extra Keywords||Crater, Grayscale, Radio|
|Date in Caption||2014-07-22|
|Image Credit||NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington|