Today's image features Remarque crater, recently named for German author Erich Maria Remarque (1898-1970), most famous for his novel 'All Quiet on the Western Front'. Remarque is located near Mercury's north pole, and, based on radar images acquired from Earth, it may contain icy deposits.
This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-resolution 3-color imaging campaign. The map produced from this campaign complements the 8-color base map (at an average resolution of 1 km/pixel) acquired during MESSENGER's primary mission by imaging Mercury's surface in a subset of the color filters at the highest resolution possible. The three narrow-band color filters are centered at wavelengths of 430 nm, 750 nm, and 1000 nm, and image resolutions generally range from 100 to 400 meters/pixel in the northern hemisphere.
Date acquired: July 25, 2012
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 251746026
Image ID: 2268716
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filter: 7 (748 nanometers)
Center Latitude: 84.37°
Center Longitude: 352.7° E
Resolution: 70 meters/pixel
Scale: Remarque crater is 25.9 km (16.1 mi.) in diameter.
Incidence Angle: 86.6°
Emission Angle: 11.2°
Phase Angle: 86.6°
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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