PIA12211: Highlighting the Newly Named Crater Eastman
Target Name: Mercury
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Instrument: MDIS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 1018 x 1023 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
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This NAC image shows Eastman, a crater newly named for Sioux author Charles A. (Ohiyesa) Eastman (1858-1939) and first seen by spacecraft by MESSENGER during the mission's first Mercury flyby. Eastman exhibits some features characteristic of a fresh, relatively young crater. The walls of Eastman have clearly visible terraces, and the central peak structure is well preserved. Eastman is located near Xiao Zhao, a crater previously named in April 2008.

Date Acquired: January 14, 2008
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 108826992
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Resolution: 280 meters/pixel (0.17 miles/pixel)
Scale: Eastman is 80 kilometers (50 miles) in diameter
Spacecraft Altitude: 11,000 kilometers (6,800 miles)

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:
NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington

Image Addition Date:
2009-09-08