This crater is approximately 170 km southwest of the flooded Dali basin, along the rim of an old, mostly flooded basin. The rims of Dali and nearby flooded basins are composed of low reflectance material, which is often seen in conjunction with hollows. Indeed, scattered hollows appear along the rim of this small, simple crater.
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: November 20, 2014
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 58851699
Image ID: 7468576, 7468577
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 42.94°
Center Longitude: 115.3° E
Resolution: 9 meters/pixel
Scale: The largest crater in the scene is approximately 5.5 km (3.4 mi.) across.
Incidence Angle: 51.6°
Emission Angle: 2.2°
Phase Angle: 49.3°
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