PIA19430: If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It

If It Ain’t Baroque, Don’t Fix It


This image shows a small portion of the interior of Scarlatti basin , a peak-ring basin named for Baroque composers Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti (father and son). The image is located just to the side of a large pit that lies along part of Scarlatti's peak ring. This pit may have formed by explosive volcanism .

Date acquired: April 22, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 71994228
Image ID: 8373819
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 41.05°
Center Longitude: 259.86° E
Resolution: 2.8 meters/pixel
Scale: The scene is approximately 1.4 km (0.9 mi.) across.

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. In the mission's more than four years of orbital operations, MESSENGER has acquired over 250,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER's highly successful orbital mission is about to come to an end , as the spacecraft runs out of propellant and the force of solar gravity causes it to impact the surface of Mercury in April 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)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera (NAC)
Extra Keywords Grayscale, Impact, Radio, Volcano
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2015-04-22
Date in Caption 2015-04-22
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19430
Identifier PIA19430