PIA18687: Watch Out! The Floor's Hollow!
 Target Name:  Mercury
 Is a satellite of:  Sol (our sun)
 Mission:  MESSENGER
 Spacecraft:  MESSENGER
 Instrument:  MDIS - Narrow Angle
 Product Size:  1305 x 1281 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  Johns Hopkins University/APL
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA18687.tif (1.674 MB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA18687.jpg (136.6 kB)

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This high-resolution image features hollows within an unnamed crater. Hollows often have bright halos and usually form in or around craters. Here, the hollows are forming on the crater floor, along the base of the crater wall, and on the top of the central peak.

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: October 13, 2012
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 258630853
Image ID: 2758246
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 50.63
Center Longitude: 320.6 E
Resolution: 15 meters/pixel
Scale: This image is about 16 km (10 miles) across.
Incidence Angle: 76.8
Emission Angle: 15.0
Phase Angle: 91.9

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. During the first two years of orbital operations, 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

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