This image shows the southeast quadrant of the crater Abedin. We saw the northeast section of this 110-km (68-mi.) diameter crater in a previous Gallery release. Here we draw attention to the wall terraces on the southern rim, formed by landslides when portions of the walls collapsed into the crater cavity.
This image was acquired as part of MDIS's color base map. The color base map is composed of WAC images taken through eight different narrow-band color filters and will cover more than 90% of Mercury's surface with an average resolution of 1 kilometer/pixel (0.6 miles/pixel). The highest-quality color images are obtained for Mercury's surface when both the spacecraft and the Sun are overhead, so these images typically are taken with viewing conditions of low incidence and emission angles.
On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury. The mission is currently in its commissioning phase, during which spacecraft and instrument performance are verified through a series of specially designed checkout activities. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation will unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the science questions that the MESSENGER mission has set out to answer.
Date acquired: April 05, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 210460525
Image ID: 91808
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filter: 3 (479 nanometers)
Center Latitude: 59.94°
Center Longitude: 352.5° E
Resolution: 702 meters/pixel
Scale: The scene is about 180 km (111 mi.) across.
Incidence Angle: 60.3°
Emission Angle: 0.8°
Phase Angle: 59.5°
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.