Today's image features a color view of the peak-ringed crater Aksakov. The inner ring of Aksakov is superimposed by another crater. Both the central peak of this smaller crater and one of the northeastern massifs of the inner peak ring have small areas of hollows.
Date acquired: January 20, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 64086765, 64086724, 64086704
Image ID: 7831102, 7831098, 7831096
Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
WAC filters: 9, 7, 6 (996, 748, 433 nanometers) in red, green, and blue
Center Latitude: 35.61°
Center Longitude: 280.9° E
Resolution: 255 meters/pixel
Scale: Aksakov crater is 173.6 km (108 mi.) in diameter.
Incidence Angle: 81.0°
Emission Angle: 20.8°
Phase Angle: 101.8°
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