PIA19442: Tomorrow



This image covers a small area located about 115 km south of the center of Mansart crater. The smallest craters visible in the image are about the size of the 16-meter (52-feet) crater that will be made by the impact of the MESSENGER spacecraft . The impact will take place tomorrow , April 30, 2015.

Just left of center is a crater that is about 80 meters in diameter. The bright area on its right wall may be an outcrop of hollows material .

Date acquired: April 28, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 72505530
Image ID: 8408666
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 69.8° N
Center Longitude: 303.7° E
Resolution: 2.0 meters/pixel
Scale: The scene is about 1 km (0.6 miles) wide. This image has not been map projected.
Incidence Angle: 79.0°
Emission Angle: 11.0°
Phase Angle: 90.0°

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 on April 30, 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 Crater, Grayscale, Impact, Map, Radio
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2015-04-29
Date in Caption 2015-04-28 2015-04-30
Image Credit NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA19442
Identifier PIA19442