Friday 4 May 2012
Instrument: Mercury Dual Imaging System – Wide Angle Camera.
This image shows a colorful view of Brontë (the large crater in the top right corner) and Degas (the blue-hued crater atop Brontë). These craters are located in Sobkou Planitia, a plains region formed through past volcanic activity.
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 Mercury’s entire 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.