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Hollows on the Hills

Thursday 16 February 2012

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

Mission: MESSENGER.

Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Narrow Angle Camera.

The central peaks of Eminescu are revealed here at high resolution, showing off an impressive collection of hollows. Some of these hollows have coalesced into larger formations. North is down in this image.

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 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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