PIA17297: Peaking Out -- in 3D!
Target Name: Mercury
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: MESSENGER
Spacecraft: MESSENGER
Instrument: MDIS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 1500 x 1502 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: Johns Hopkins University/APL
Other Information: You will need 3D glasses
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It's time to put your red-cyan 3D glasses back on! This anaglyph was created from two images of a crater's center, taken within three minutes of each other. The multidimensional view, where north is to the left, helps highlight the crater's central peaks.interest.

This image was acquired as a targeted set of stereo images. Targeted stereo observations are acquired at resolutions much higher than that of the 200-meter/pixel stereo base map. These targets acquired with the NAC enable the detailed topography of Mercury's surface to be determined for a local area of interest.

Date acquired: April 21, 2013
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 8886680, 8886539
Image ID: 3925558, 3925559
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 27.52
Center Longitude: 242.7 E
Resolution: 31 meters/pixel
Scale: The image width is about 39 km (24 miles)
Incidence Angle: 43.0
Emission Angle: 3.3
Phase Angle: 40.1

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. MESSENGER acquired over 150,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is capable of continuing orbital operations until early 2015.

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:
2013-06-26