October 9, 2011

Something Wonderful: Mercury is ready for its close-up


2011 October 8 - MESSENGER s First Day

One solar day on a planet is the length of time from noon to noon. A solar day lasts 24 hours on planet Earth. On Mercury a solar day is about 176 Earth days long. And during its first Mercury solar day in orbit the MESSENGER spacecraft has imaged nearly the entire surface of the innermost planet to generate a global monochrome map at 250 meters per pixel resolution and a 1 kilometer per pixel resolution color map.

For an extremely large hi-res image GO HERE.

UPDATE: As Deborah points out, the L-shaped patch obviously covers the interstellar landing port for the Transunxians.

Posted by Vanderleun at October 9, 2011 12:35 AM
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But ... but, there's huge an L-shaped patch that's missing, right over the inter-stellar landing complex :)

Posted by: Deborah at October 9, 2011 8:16 AM

Interesting. There is an object visible on the b&w image where the pixels are grey on the color image that appears as if it has some height and casts a shadow.

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