This image, captured by the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), shows a crater in a region of Mercury not seen by Mariner 10. This crater was first imaged during MESSENGER's Mercury flybys, but this is the first image to reveal its detailed morphology. The crater's name will be chosen in accordance with a set of rules established by the International Astronomical Union (available here). Craters on Mercury are named after deceased artists, musicians, painters or authors who have made outstanding contributions to their fields and who have been considered a historically significant figure for at least 50 years.
Date acquired: July 20, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington