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Hurrah for the Red and the Blue

Thursday 2 February 2012

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


Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Narrow Angle Camera.

This is an anaglyph created from two images of the crater Kertesz. By viewing images obtained from slightly different perspectives through red-blue glasses, the brain perceives a "3-D" image. The red lens should be on the left eye. With this anaglyph, better results may be achieved by tilting the head slightly to the left. The floor of Kertesz is covered with spectacular hollows.

These images were acquired as high-resolution targeted observations. Targeted observations are images of a small area on Mercury’s surface at resolutions much higher than the 250- meter/pixel (820 feet/pixel) morphology base map or the 1-kilometer/pixel (0.6 miles/pixel) color base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury’s surface at this high resolution during MESSENGER’s one-year mission, but several areas of high scientific interest are generally imaged in this mode each week.

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