Mercury's Surface Variety
This area, previously unseen during the Mariner 10 and MESSENGER flybys, was captured by MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) in orbit. The view presents both contrasting albedo materials as well as contrasting terrain types. The image includes smooth plains along the left edge and a more rugged surface to the right. A 23-km-diameter impact crater sits between exposures of low reflectance material (LRM) to the east and patches of high albedo material to its west.
Date acquired: July 13, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington