PIA12047: MESSENGER Team Presents Latest Science Results
Target Name: Mercury
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Instrument: MDIS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 750 x 937 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
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This mosaic was assembled using NAC images acquired as the MESSENGER spacecraft approached the planet during the mission's second Mercury flyby. The Rembrandt impact basin is seen at the center of the mosaic, as night was falling across the basin's eastern edge. An image similar to this one appears on the cover of the 1 May issue of Science magazine, which contains four articles on the latest results from that flyby. Click here to view more materials presented during a NASA media teleconference about these latest findings.

Date Acquired: October 6, 2008
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Scale: Rembrandt basin is 715 kilometers (444 miles) in diameter

These images are from MESSENGER, a NASA Discovery mission to conduct the first orbital study of the innermost planet, Mercury. For information regarding the use of images, see the MESSENGER image use policy.

Image Credit:
Image produced by NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Arizona State University/Carnegie Institution of Washington. Image reproduced courtesy of Science/AAAS

Image Addition Date:
2009-04-30