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:Look, It’s a Sublimation Formation!

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

Mission: MESSENGER.

Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Narrow Angle Camera.

Located in the crater Eminescu, this high-resolution image shows part of the mountainous peak ring, as well as an example of the extensive formation of hollows located within the crater. Hollows maintain an air of mystery in the realm of planetary science. Though the exact formation mechanism is unknown, most scientists agree sublimation of volatiles holds the answer. This image highlights the prevalence of these hollows on and around the peak ring, as well as captures the beauty of such enigmatic formations.

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 Mercury’s entire surface at this high resolution, but typically several areas of high scientific interest are imaged in this mode each week.

Welcome to the regional planetary image facility of Orsay

You have reached the portal to our public image database of solar system planets, developed in collaboration with NASA missions and ESA. In these pages we bring you news about the Photothèque website and a selection of space mission news highlights.

The planetary Photothèque is a facility proposed by the geomorphology and subsurface-atmosphere interaction team at the IDES Orsay lab.

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News items

Download MOLAutils 1.4!

Monday 1 June 2009

MOLAutils is a tool for reading and extracting measurements from MOLA Precision Experiment Data Records (PEDRs). It is distributed under GNU/GPL license.
Download here the first public version.

MOLA PEDRs made easier!

Monday 1 December 2008

MOLA measurements from PEDR catalogues are now easier to select and extract, thanks to our new MOLA PEDR interface. Check it out!

Les supports de l’imagerie planétaire (Sorry... french version only)

Saturday 22 November 2008

Magellan radar data available on-line at the "Photothèque"!

Friday 13 June 2008

All Venus Magellan radar data are released on CD-ROM in digital format. They are now directly available at the Photothèque d’Orsay through this page.
Have fun!

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