A Terminator and Limb Together
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A Terminator and Limb Together

August 18, 2011
  • Date acquired: July 05, 2011
  • Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 218359401, 218359407, 218359399
  • Image ID: 466473, 466477, 466472
  • Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
  • WAC filter: 9 (1000 nanometers), 7 (750 nanometers), 6 (430 nanometers) as red-green-blue
  • Center Latitude: -33.21°
  • Center Longitude: 83.53° E
  • Resolution: 5213 meters/pixel
  • Scale: Rembrandt's diameter is 715 kilometers (444 miles)

Of Interest: This color image image shows a unique view of both Mercury's terminator and limb. Visible in the center of the image is Rembrandt , whose floor appears slightly lighter than the outer ring of the basin.

The MESSENGER spacecraft is the first ever to orbit the planet Mercury, and the spacecraft's seven scientific instruments and radio science investigation are unraveling the history and evolution of the Solar System's innermost planet. Visit the Why Mercury? section of this website to learn more about the key science questions that the MESSENGER mission is addressing. During the one-year primary mission, MDIS is scheduled to acquire more than 75,000 images in support of MESSENGER's science goals.

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