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Appreciating Mercury’s Brahms

Monday 27 June 2011

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

Mission: MESSENGER.

Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Wide Angle Camera.

Mercury’s Brahms crater is named for the nineteenth century German composer and pianist Johannes Brahms. Brahms is a complex crater with a central peak and terraced walls, like its neighbor Verdi. Smaller secondary craters are numerous in this scene and surround Brahms in all directions. This image was acquired as part of MDIS’s high-resolution surface morphology base map. The surface morphology base map will cover more than 90% of Mercury’s surface with an average resolution of 250 meters/pixel (0.16 miles/pixel or 820 feet/pixel). Images acquired for the surface morphology base map typically have off-vertical Sun angles (i.e., high incidence angles) and visible shadows so as to reveal clearly the topographic form of geologic features.

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