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Hawaiian Hollows

November 14, 2012
Date acquired: October 17, 2012 Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 258976725 Image ID: 2782780 Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) Center Latitude: 37.17° Center Longitude: 304.5° E Resolution: 20 meters/pixel Scale: This image is 21 kilometers (13 miles) across. Incidence Angle: 71.1° Emission Angle: 3.0° Phase Angle: 68.0° Of Interest: This close-up image of the central peaks of Velazquez crater bears a striking resemblance to the Hawaiian islands. The tops of these peaks are covered by hollows. 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 200-meter/pixel morphology base map. It is not possible to cover all of Mercury's surface at this high resolution, but typically several areas of high scientific interest are imaged in this mode each week. 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, MESSENGER acquired 88,746 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is now in a yearlong extended mission, during which plans call for the acquisition of more than 80,000 additional images to support MESSENGER's science goals. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington


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