To put the size of Mercury's Rembrandt basin into a familiar context, a NAC mosaic of the basin is overlaid on an AVHRR image of the east coast of the United States (see PIA12049). With a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles), such a feature if formed at this location on Earth would encompass the cities of Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts, and everything in between. This graphic was presented last week during a NASA media teleconference Click here to see other items shown during that event.
Date Acquired: October 6, 2008
Instrument: Mercury's Rembrandt basin mosaic: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS). Image of the Earth: Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR).
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.