A Sideways Glance
This beautiful oblique view of a fresh impact crater was captured as the MESSENGER spacecraft slewed to the side to get a better look. The primary purpose for this slew was actually so that the Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer (MASCS) instrument could collect a reflectance spectrum of the crater's ejecta.
Date acquired: July 28, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington