PIA15329: The Cliffs of Raditladi
Target Name: Mercury
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Instrument: MDIS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 1020 x 1024 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
Full-Res TIFF: PIA15329.tif (1.046 MB)
Full-Res JPEG: PIA15329.jpg (147.8 kB)

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A look at the rim of the Raditladi impact basin. Raditladi is a relatively young basin and host to beautiful hollows. The depth from the floor to its rim is around 3.5 km (over 2 miles) as measured by the 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: December 31, 2011
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 233814606
Image ID: 1205792
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 27.7
Center Longitude: 122.7 E
Resolution: 75 meters/pixel
Scale: The scene is approximately 77 km (48 miles) across
Incidence Angle: 36.2
Emission Angle: 30.9
Phase Angle: 29.4

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:
2012-01-16