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Wang Meng Paints the Canvas
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Wang Meng Paints the Canvas

June 11, 2013
Release Date: June 11, 2013 Topics: Color Images, Crater Rays, Craters with Dark Material, Hollows, Low Reflectance Material (LRM), Named Craters, WAC Date acquired: April 20, 2013 Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET)(since January 8, 2013): 8743264, 8743256, 8743260 Image ID: 3915336, 3915334, 3915335 Instrument: Wide Angle Camera (WAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) WAC filters: 9, 7, 6 (996, 748, 433 nanometers) in red, green, and blue Center Latitude: 6.33° Center Longitude: 254.1° E Resolution: 363 meters/pixel Scale: Wang Meng is ~165 kilometers (102.5 miles) in diameter. Incidence Angle: 41.6° Emission Angle: 0.2° Phase Angle: 41.7° Of Interest: Wang Meng Basin can be see in the top right of this image. The color view of this basin shows the contrast between the darker Low Reflectance Material (LRM) on Wang Meng's peak ring and the brighter crater rays which spread across the right side of the image. While the hollows on the crater rim are associated with LRM, as evidenced by their bright blue halos, the bright rays are coming from nearby craters, including the small, fresh crater in the top right. This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-resolution 3-color imaging campaign. The map produced from this campaign complements the 8-color base map (at an average resolution of 1 km/pixel) acquired during MESSENGER's primary mission by imaging Mercury's surface in a subset of the color filters at the highest resolution possible. The three narrow-band color filters are centered at wavelengths of 430 nm, 750 nm, and 1000 nm, and image resolutions generally range from 100 to 400 meters/pixel in the northern hemisphere. 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. During the first two years of orbital operations, MESSENGER acquired over 150,000 images and extensive other data sets. MESSENGER is capable of continuing orbital operations until early 2015. Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington