Today's image highlights the striking central uplift of the Apollodorus Crater, located near the center of the Caloris basin. Such peak structures form in complex craters when material is uplifted from depth as a result of the impact process.
This image was acquired as a high-resolution targeted observation. Targeted observations are images of a small area on Mercury's surface at resolutions much higher than the 200-meter/pixel morphology base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury's surface at this high resolution, but typically several areas of high scientific interest are imaged in this mode each week.
Date acquired: June 29, 2013
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 14849521
Image ID: 4349591
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 30.56°
Center Longitude: 163.3° E
Resolution: 34 meters/pixel
Scale: Apollodorus crater is approximately 41 km (25.5 mi.) in diameter.
Incidence Angle: 77.4°
Emission Angle: 32.6°
Phase Angle: 110.0°
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.
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