A View of Camoes in Mercurys South Polar Region
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A View of Camoes in Mercury's South Polar Region

April 19, 2011
  • Date acquired: March 30, 2011
  • Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 209943738
  • Image ID: 67364
  • Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
  • Center Latitude: -70.62°
  • Center Longitude: 292.0° E
  • Resolution: 150 meters/pixel
  • Scale: Camoes has a diameter of 70 kilometers (43 miles)

Of Interest: MESSENGER's near-polar orbit about Mercury, in contrast to the mission's three equatorial flybys of the planet, enables MDIS to view Mercury's polar regions for the first time. This image, located in Mercury's south polar region, shows the crater Camoes near the center of the image. A scarp crosses the floor and wall of Camoes, in a pattern similar to that seen at Thakur crater. Camoes takes its name from the Portuguese poet Luiz Vas de Camoes (c. 1524-1580). The crater extending out of the upper left corner of the image is Okyo, named for the Japanese painter Maruyama Okyo (1733-1795).

On March 17, 2011 (March 18, 2011, UTC), MESSENGER became the first spacecraft ever to orbit the planet Mercury. In the course of the one-year primary mission, the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation will unravel the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the science questions that the MESSENGER mission has set out to answer.

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