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New Maps of Mercury
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New Maps of Mercury!

November 6, 2013
Release Date: November 4, 2013 Topics: Global Views, HD Resolution Images Map Quadrangles: H-10 Derain Center Latitude: 0° Center Longitude: 36° E (324° W) Scale: Derain has a diameter of 167 km (104 miles) USGS Maps of Mercury website: http://planetarynames.wr.usgs.gov/Page/mercuryQuadMap Of Interest: A new set of Mercury maps are available on the USGS website! These maps utilize the current best MESSENGER mosaic of Mercury, which covers 100% of the surface. Mercury's surface is divided into 15 different quadrangles. The H-10 quadrangle, which is named for the crater Derain, is shown here at half the available resolution. For the full resolution map of this region, and all of Mercury's surface, visit the USGS website. 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