PIA17976: Dürer's Peaks
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, taken at a high emission angle, helps the eye to see the three-dimensional nature of the scene. Dürer, a peak-ring basin, can be seen in the foreground. Dürer's peak ring is dotted with hollows. North is to the left in this image.

This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-incidence-angle base map. The high-incidence-angle base map complements the surface morphology base map of MESSENGER's primary mission that was acquired under generally more moderate incidence angles. High incidence angles, achieved when the Sun is near the horizon, result in long shadows that accentuate the small-scale topography of geologic features. The high-incidence-angle base map was acquired with an average resolution of 200 meters/pixel.

Date acquired: November 16, 2013
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 26946160
Image ID: 5209643
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filter: 7 (748 nanometers)
Center Latitude: 20.68°
Center Longitude: 244.9° E
Resolution: 236 meters/pixel
Scale: Dürer basin is approximately 195 km (121 mi.) in diameter.
Incidence Angle: 67.1°
Emission Angle: 62.9°
Phase Angle: 30.0°

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

Image Addition Date:
2014-02-10