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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-18 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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This image, acquired at 24 m/pixel by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, is the highest resolution that has been obtained for any of Mercury's shadowed polar craters.
PIA19253:
A Shot in the Dark
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-20 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Small graben, narrow linear troughs, have been found associated with small scarps (bottom left, white arrows) on Mercury and the Moon are seen here by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.
PIA19254:
Small and Young
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-25 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Inside and Up Close
PIA19260:
Inside and Up Close
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-27 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Anatomy of a Fresh Crater
PIA19261:
Anatomy of a Fresh Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-03-30 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft shows that Mercury's surface is scarred by abundant tectonic deformation, the vast majority of which is due to the planet's history of cooling and contraction through time.
PIA19263:
Crumpled Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-01 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Mercury's hollows are among its most distinctive and unusual surface features. In this stunning view from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft, we see a field of hollows in the western portion of the floor of Zeami impact basin.
PIA19267:
A Field of Hollows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-03 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This is one of the earliest images of Mercury returned by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft. It was taken in January 2008.
PIA19269:
These are the voyages...
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-06 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Disappearing Act
PIA19272:
Disappearing Act
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-08 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Lessing crater can be seen in the lower left of this image captured by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft. Instead of the typical central peak found in a complex crater on Mercury, Lessing sports a central pit.
PIA19276:
Pits and Scarps
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-10 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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Carnegie Rupes makes a dramatic sight in this large image mosaic taken by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft. The giant lobate scarp cuts through Duccio crater.
PIA19279:
Carnegie Cuts a Crater
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-13 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This series of oblique images captured by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft highlight the wall and exterior of the beautiful volcanic vent located to the northeast of Rachmaninoff basin and west of Copland crater.
PIA19282:
Hyper Vent-ilating
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft shows the large Rustaveli basin on the right portion of the view. Named in 2012 after Shota Rustaveli, a Georgian poet of the 12th century, this basin has a smooth floor and hints of a peak-ring structure.
PIA19283:
Regard Rustaveli
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-14 Mercury MESSENGER
MASCS
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Mercury's Calcium Exosphere
PIA19284:
Mercury's Calcium Exosphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-15 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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Gravity Anomalies
PIA19285:
Gravity Anomalies
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-15 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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Hokusai crater's rays extend across much of the planet, but its interior is spectacular in its own right. This series of oblique images from NASAs MESSENGER shows the central peaks, beautiful terraces, and frozen sea of impact melt on the crater floor.
PIA19406:
Hokusai Spectacular!
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This mosaic from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft provides a detailed view of the features and structures associated with the peak-ring basin Raditladi.
PIA19409:
A Detailed Look at Raditladi Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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One of the most captivating views acquired during NASA's MESSENGER's first Mercury flyby was of the crater Apollodorus surrounded by the radiating troughs of Pantheon Fossae.
PIA19410:
The Architect and His Temple
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This orthographic projection view from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft provides a look at Mercury's north polar region. The yellow regions in many of the craters mark locations that show evidence for water ice, as detected by Earth-based radar observations.
PIA19411:
Water Ice on Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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In this enhanced color view from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft of the peak-ring basin Derain, the different colors accentuate the different rocks associated with the basin.
PIA19412:
Dramatic Darks of Derain
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This image mosaic from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft shows an unnamed ridge in the northern volcanic plains of Mercury. Wrinkle ridges like this are interpreted to be tectonic in origin and are usually only found in volcanic plains.
PIA19413:
Wrinkles on Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Gamma Ray Spectrometer
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During the first year of NASA's MESSENGER's orbital mission, the spacecraft's GRS instrument measured the elemental composition of Mercury's surface materials.
PIA19414:
Mapping Potassium
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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Mercury's northern region is dominated by expansive smooth plains, created by huge amounts of volcanic material flooding across Mercury's surface in the past, as seen by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.
PIA19415:
Expansive Northern Volcanic Plains
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This view from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is an orthographic projection of Mercury's south polar region, colored by an illumination map; the center of the image is within the interior of the crater Chao Meng-Fu.
PIA19416:
Shadows in the South
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS)
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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During NASA's MESSENGER's four-year orbital mission, the spacecraft's X-Ray Spectrometer (XRS) instrument mapped out the chemical composition of Mercury and discovered striking regions of chemical diversity.
PIA19417:
Showing Some Chemistry
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
MASCS
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This image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is stitched together from thousands of observations made over the past 4 years by the MASCS/UVVS instrument, which measures sunlight scattered off of Mercury's tenuous atmosphere.
PIA19418:
Mercury's Sodium Tail
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
MASCS
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The MASCS instrument onboard NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft was designed to study both the exosphere and surface of Mercury in order to learn more about the minerals and surface processes on Mercury.
PIA19419:
Unmasking the Secrets of Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
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Measurements from NASA's MESSENGER's MLA instrument during the spacecraft's greater than four-year orbital mission have mapped the topography of Mercury's northern hemisphere in great detail.
PIA19420:
The Ups and Downs of Mercury's Topography
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Wide Angle
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Measurements from NASA's MESSENGER's MLA instrument during the spacecraft's greater than four-year orbital mission have mapped the topography of Mercury's northern hemisphere in great detail.
PIA19421:
Orange Is the New Blue
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft provides a perspective view of the center portion of Carnegie Rupes, a large tectonic landform, which cuts through Duccio crater.
PIA19422:
A Striking Perspective
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-16 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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This mosaic of oblique images from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft highlights the spectacular interior of Abedin crater. The crater floor is covered with once-molten rock melted by the impact event that formed Abedin.
PIA19423:
Awesome Abedin
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-20 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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NASA's MESSENGER is again sending images back to Earth after the spacecraft emerged from superior solar conjunction, when communication is largely blocked by the Sun. These will be some of our last views of Mercury from MESSENGER.
PIA19424:
The End Is Near
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-21 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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As NASA's MESSENGER enters its final days, we are getting our last looks at some of our favorite features. Hollows, discovered in MDIS images during the orbital phase of the mission, are always photogenic.
PIA19425:
Goodbye, Hollows
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-22 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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The surface in this scene captured by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft has been pummeled by secondary craters, possibly from the impact that formed the nearby Mickiewicz crater.
PIA19426:
Scrutinizing Secondaries
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-22 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft shows a small portion of the interior of Scarlatti basin. The image is located just to the side of a large pit that lies along part of Scarlatti's peak ring. This pit may have formed by explosive volcanism.
PIA19430:
If It Ain't Baroque, Don't Fix It
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-24 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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At approximately 1.1 meters/pixel, this image is among the highest-resolution views MESSENGER has ever taken of the surface of Mercury.
PIA19434:
Delaying the Inevitable
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-27 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image is located just inside the southern rim of Chong Chol crater and was obtained on April 25, 2015, the day following NASA's MESSENGER's final orbital correction maneuver. The spacecraft's fuel tanks are now completely empty.
PIA19436:
The Days Dwindle Down to a Precious Few
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-28 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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Though NASA's MESSENGER's days are numbered, the spacecraft will continue to acquire new data sets and transmit them back to Earth during its final days. Shown here is a high-resolution view snapped near Heemskerck Rupes.
PIA19438:
The Final Days
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 Mercury MESSENGER
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Five previously unnamed craters on Mercury now have names. Shown here are Carolan, Enheduanna, Karsh, Kulthum, and Rivera as seen by NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.
PIA19439:
Five New Crater Names for Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image from MESSENGER spacecraft covers a small area located about 115 km south of the center of Mansart crater.
PIA19442:
Tomorrow
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
MLA
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The large, 400-kilometer-diameter (250-mile-diameter), impact basin Shakespeare occupies the bottom left quarter of this image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft.
PIA19444:
Overview of the Impact Region
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-29 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
MLA
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These graphics show the current best prediction of the location and time of NASA's MESSENGER's impact on Mercury's surface. These current best estimates are: Date: 30 April 2015 Time: 3:26:02 pm EDT (19:26:02 UTC Latitude: 54.4 N Longitude: 210.1 E.
PIA19443:
Details of MESSENGER's Impact Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-30 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image, acquired yesterday, is one of NASA's MESSENGER's last. Today, April 30, 2015, the spacecraft will complete its highly successful orbital mission and impact the surface of Mercury.
PIA19445:
One of the Last
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-30 Mercury MESSENGER
MDIS - Narrow Angle
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This image from NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft is the last one acquired and transmitted back to Earth by the mission. The image is located within the floor of the 93-kilometer-diameter crater Jokai.
PIA19448:
MESSENGER's Final Image
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-04-30 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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On March 18, 2011, NASA's MESSENGER made history by becoming the first spacecraft ever to orbit Mercury. Eleven days later, the spacecraft captured the first image ever obtained from Mercury orbit, shown here on the left.
PIA19449:
From the First to the Last
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-05-01 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
MLA
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In this perspective view, NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft looked northwest over the Caloris Basin, a depression about 1500 km in diameter formed several billion years ago by the impact of a large projectile into the surface of Mercury.
PIA19450:
In Tribute
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Add Image to Favorite List 2015-06-03 Mercury MESSENGER
Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
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Best Determination of MESSENGER's Impact Location
PIA19497:
Best Determination of MESSENGER's Impact Location
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Add Image to Favorite List 2014-06-10 Mercury Mars Science Laboratory (MSL)
Mastcam
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This frame from an animation shows five versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014. Two sunspots, each about the diameter of Earth, also appear.
PIA18389:
Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars Animation Icon
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-19 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the northern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle.
PIA00066:
Mercury: Photomosaic of the Shakespeare Quadrangle (Northern Half) H-3
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-23 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This computer generated photomosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of the southern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle, named for the ancient Shakespeare crater located on the upper edge to the left of center.
PIA00067:
Mercury: Photomosaic of the Shakespeare Quadrangle of Mercury (Southern Half) H-3
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Add Image to Favorite List 1996-09-23 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This computer generated mosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of Mercury's Tolstoj Quadrangle, named for the ancient Tolstoj crater located in the lower center of the image.
PIA00068:
Mercury: Photomosaic of the Tolstoj Quadrangle H-8
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-06-12 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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The first image of Mercury acquired by NASA's Mariner 10 in 1974. Mariner 10's trajectory brought it behind the lighted hemisphere of Mercury in order to acquire important measurements with other instruments.
PIA00437:
Planet Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-01-19 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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The Kuiper Quadrangle was named in memory of Dr. Gerard Kuiper, an imaging team member, and well-known astronomer, of NASA's Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury. The Kuiper crater is seen left of center in this image.
PIA02236:
Mercury: Photomosaic of the Kuiper Quadrangle H-6
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-01-26 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Michelangelo Quadrangle, which lies in Mercury's southern polar region. The Mercurian surface is heavily marred by numerous impact craters.
PIA02237:
Mercury: Photomosaic of the Michelangelo Quadrangle H-12
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-02-10 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Borealis area H-1, located in Mercury's northern hemisphere. The north pole is visible at the top of the image.
PIA02243:
Mercury: Photomosaic of Borealis Quadrangle H-1
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-04-01 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the H-7 Beethoven Quadrangle, and lies in Mercury's Equatorial Mercator. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft imaged the region during its initial flyby of the planet.
PIA02255:
Mercury: Beethoven Quadrangle, H-7
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-10-07 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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As NASA's Mariner 10 approached Mercury at nearly seven miles per second on March 29, 1974, its TV camera took this picture from an altitude of 35,000 kilometers (21,700 miles) The picture shows a heavily-cratered surface with many low hills.
PIA02407:
Mercury's Heavily Cratered Surface
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Cratered terrain very similar to that on the Moon is shown in this TV photo of Mercury taken by NASA's Mariner 10. Numerous small craters and linear grooves radial to the crater can be seen.
PIA02408:
Mercury's Cratered Terrain
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A fresh new crater in the center of an older crater basin is shown in this picture of the surface of Mercury taken March 29, 1974 by NASA's Mariner 10.
PIA02409:
Fresh Crater in Center of Older Crater Basin
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-10-08 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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NASA's Mariner 10 took this picture of the densely cratered surface of Mercury when the spacecraft was 18,200 kilometers (8085 miles) from the planet on March 29, 1974.
PIA02410:
Mercury's Densely Cratered Surface
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NASA's Mariner 10 took this picture some 2 1/2 hours before it passed Mercury on March 29, 1974. The bright-floored crater is the center of a very large bright area which could be seen in pictures from more than two million miles distant
PIA02411:
Kuiper Crater
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A dark, smooth, relatively uncratered area on Mercury was photographed two hours after NASA's Mariner 10 flew by the planet. The prominent, sharp crater with a central peak is 30 kilometers (19 miles) across.
PIA02412:
Uncratered Area on Mercury
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Add Image to Favorite List 1999-10-07 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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After passing Mercury the first time and making a trip around the Sun, NASA's Mariner 10 again flew by Mercury on Sept. 21, 1974. This encounter brought the spacecraft in front of Mercury in the southern hemisphere.
PIA02413:
Hero Rupes Scarp
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After passing Mercury the first time and making a trip around the Sun, NASA's Mariner 10 again flew by Mercury on Sept. 21, 1974. This encounter brought the spacecraft in front of Mercury in the southern hemisphere.
PIA02414:
Similarities to Lunar Highlands
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After passing Mercury the first time and making a trip around the Sun, NASA's Mariner 10 again flew by Mercury on Sept. 21, 1974. The south pole is located on the right hand edge of Chao Meng Fu crater that has only its rim sticking up into the light.
PIA02415:
Mercury's South Pole
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NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft was coaxed into a third and final encounter with Mercury in March of 1975. This is one of the highest resolution images of Mercury acquired by the spacecraft.
PIA02416:
High Resolution View of Mercury
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NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft was coaxed into a third and final encounter with Mercury in March of 1975. This is one of the highest resolution images of Mercury acquired by the spacecraft. The prominent scarp snaking up the image was named Discovery Rupes.
PIA02417:
Discovery Rupes Scarp
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This mosaic, made from over 140 individual TV frames taken about two hours after encounter, shows the planet Mercury as seen by NASA's Mariner 10 as it sped away from the planet on March 29, 1974.
PIA02418:
Outgoing Hemisphere
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Add Image to Favorite List 2000-01-14 Mercury Mariner Venus Mercury (Mariner 10)
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows a crater just north of the Caloris Planitia displays interior and central peaks rising up from a hilly floor.
PIA02419:
Interior Peaks and Hilly Floored Crater
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This crater illustrates the narrow hummocky rim facies, radial ridges, and surrounding extensive field of secondary craters. This image of Mercury was taken by NASA's Mariner 10.
PIA02420:
Terraced Craters
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is located about 500 km east of the Caloris basin and shows hummocky plains interpreted as Caloris ejecta in the upper half of the picture and smooth plains in the lower half.
PIA02421:
Hummocky and Smooth Plains
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, includes part of the floor of the Caloris basin showing the ridges and fractures.
PIA02422:
Ridges and Fractures on Floor of Caloris Basin
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The craters in this image NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft, which launched in 1974, have interior rings of mountains and ejecta deposits which are scarred by deep secondary crater chain groves.
PIA02423:
Crater Chain Groves Inside Larger Craters
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, features a 140 kilometer diameter crater and its surrounding zone of secondary craters. T
PIA02424:
Large Mercurian Crater
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows young craters superposed on smooth plains. Larger young craters have central peaks, flat floors, terraced walls, and radial ejecta deposits.
PIA02425:
Young Craters on Smooth Plains
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows that several west-facing lobate scarps occur in the hummocky plains interpreted as Caloris ejecta.
PIA02426:
Lobate Scarps within the Hummocky Plains East of Caloris Basin
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the northeastern quadrant of the Caloris basin showig the smooth hills and domes between the inner and outer scarps and the well-developed radial system east of the outer scarp.
PIA02427:
Northeastern Quadrant of the Caloris Basin
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, was taken during the spacecraft's first encounter with Mercury.
PIA02428:
Lineated Terrain
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This photograph of Mercury, taken by NASA's Mariner 10, shows two prominent rayed craters. Bright halos extend as far as 2 crater diameters beyond crater rims. Individual rays extend from halo.
PIA02429:
Prominent Rayed Craters
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Antoniadi Ridge, over 450 kilometers long, runs along the right side of this acquired image during NASA's Mariner 10's first encounter with Mercury after its launch in 1974.
PIA02430:
Antoniadi Ridge
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows a broadly curved lobate scarp running from left to right in the large crater to the right of center in this image.
PIA02431:
Curved Lobate Scarp on Crater Floor
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows a scarp (upper left corner of the image) about 130 kilometers long cutting two craters (older crater is at extreme left corner, younger is diagonally below).
PIA02432:
Crater Rim Offset 10 Kilometers by Scarp
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows several scarps, which appear to be confined to crater floors. The scarp in the crater at the upper left of the image has been diverted by the central peaks.
PIA02433:
Scarps Confined to Crater Floors
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is a high-resolution picture of a 65-kilometer diameter crater and the scarp transecting its floor.
PIA02434:
Crater Rim Offset 10 kilometers by Scarp-High Resolution
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This photograph of Mercury was taken by NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft shows smooth plains areas on Mercury that are thought to be volcanic in origin with lava flows filling in heavily cratered areas.
PIA02438:
Heavily Cratered Terrain and Smooth Plain
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Caloris Basin on Mercury, is one of the largest basins in the solar system, its diameter exceeds 1300 kilometers and is in many ways similar to the great Imbrium basin on the Moon. This image is from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974.
PIA02439:
Caloris Basin
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Updated calibration and subsequent mosaicing led to substantial improvements in NASA's Mariner 10 color image data; the spacecraft launched in 1974.
PIA02440:
Incoming Hemisphere - Enhanced Color
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows plains filling this basin are uniformly brighter and slightly redder than the surrounding cratered terrain.
PIA02443:
Smooth Volcanic Plains
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Intercrater plains and heavily cratered terrain typical of much of Mercury outside the area affected by the formation of the Caloris basin are shown in this image taken during the NASA's Mariner 10's first encounter with Mercury in 1974.
PIA02444:
Intercrater Plains and Heavily Cratered Terrain - First Encounter
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This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, shows hilly and lineated terrain and a patch of smooth plains in a large degraded crater.
PIA02445:
Hilly and Lineated Terrain
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One of the most prominent lobate scarps (Discovery Scarp), photographed by NASA's Mariner 10 during it's first encounter with Mercury, is located at the center of this image (extending from the top to near bottom).
PIA02446:
Discovery Scarp
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This image was taken by NASA's Mariner 10 during it's first encounter with Mercury in 1974. The scarp forms a broad lobe whose southern end abuts against and follows closely the irregular contour of the crater wall.
PIA02447:
Scarps Confined to Crater Floors - High Resolution
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A faint double ring crater is seen at upper right in this picture of Mercury taken one hour and 40 minutes before NASA's Mariner 10's second rendezvous with the planet Sept. 21, 1975
PIA02936:
Double Ring Craters
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NASA's Mariner 10 photo reveals a heavily cratered terrain on Mercury with a prominent scrap extending several hundred kilometers across the upper left. A crater, nested in a larger crater, is at top center.
PIA02937:
Heavily Cratered Terrain at South Pole
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A field of bright rays, created by ejecta from a crater, radiating to the north (top) from off camera (lower right) is seen in this view of Mercury taken Sept. 21, 1974 by NASA's Mariner 10.
PIA02938:
Field of Bright Rays
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NASA's Mariner 10 took this picture about an hour after it passed under the South Pole of Mercury in 1974.
PIA02939:
Dark-rimmed Crater and Extensive Ejecta Blanket
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One of NASA's Mariner 10's two TV cameras took this picture of a densely cratered region of Mercury on Sept. 21, 1974, 80 minutes prior to the spacecraft's second close encounter with the planet.
PIA02940:
Densely Cratered Region
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Mercury's south pole was photographed by one of NASA's Mariner 10's TV cameras; the pole is located inside the large crater on Mercury's limb (lower center).
PIA02941:
Mercury's South Pole
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Taken about 40 minutes before NASA's Mariner 10 made its close approach to Mercury on Sept. 21,1974, this picture shows a large double-ringed basin (center of picture) located in the planet's south polar region
PIA02942:
Large Double-ringed Basin
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A scarp, or cliff, extends diagonally from upper left to lower right in this picture of Mercury taken by NASA's Mariner 10. The structures are believed to be formed by the compressive forces due to crustal shortening.
PIA02943:
300 Kilometer Long Scarp
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During its second encounter with Mercury on Sept. 21, 1974, NASA's Mariner 10 took this picture of the planet's South Polar Region. Many of the craters have denuded rims peppered by smaller craters.
PIA02944:
Small Craters Peppering South Polar Region
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