PIA14547: A Crater in Closeup
Target Name: Mercury
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Instrument: MDIS - Wide Angle
Product Size: 1020 x 1024 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
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This image features a crater situated at the edge of the larger Oskison crater located in the plains north of Caloris basin. Due to MESSENGER's highly elliptical orbit, MDIS's Wide Angle Camera is capable of capturing higher resolution images in Mercury's northern hemisphere, such as this 58 meters per pixel view. A detailed look at the crater reveals its terraced walls, smooth floor, and its superposition on Oskison's shadowed rim.

This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-resolution surface morphology base map. The surface morphology base map will cover more than 90% of Mercury's surface with an average resolution of 250 meters/pixel (0.16 miles/pixel or 820 feet/pixel). Images acquired for the surface morphology base map typically have off-vertical Sun angles (i.e., high incidence angles) and visible shadows so as to reveal clearly the topographic form of geologic features.

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. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MDIS is scheduled to acquire more than 75,000 images in support of MESSENGER's science goals.

Date acquired: August 01, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 220677117
Image ID: 577219
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filter: 7 (748 nanometers)
Center Latitude: 60.18
Center Longitude: 141.9 E
Resolution: 58 meters/pixel
Scale: This crater is approximately 39 km (24 mi) in diameter.
Incidence Angle: 81.2
Emission Angle: 0.8
Phase Angle: 80.5

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.

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

Image Addition Date:
2011-08-15