Comparing the Size of Mercurys Rembrandt Basin with the East
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Comparing the Size of Mercury's Rembrandt Basin with the East Coast of the USA

May 5, 2009
  • Date Acquired: October 6, 2008
  • Instrument: Mercury's Rembrandt basin mosaic: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS). Image of the Earth: Advanced Very High Resolution Radiometer (AVHRR).
  • Scale: Rembrandt basin has a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles)
    Of Interest: To put the size of Mercury's Rembrandt basin into a familiar context, a NAC mosaic of the basin is overlaid on an AVHRR image of the east coast of the United States. With a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles), such a feature if formed at this location on Earth would encompass the cities of Washington, D.C., and Boston, Massachusetts, and everything in between. This graphic was presented last week during a NASA media teleconference. Click here to see other items shown during that event.

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