Setting Eyes on Sōtatsu
This image, acquired with the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), shows Sōtatsu crater, the large crater extending out the left side of the frame. Named for Japanese artist Tawaraya Sōtatsu, the crater was first imaged by Mariner 10 in the 1970s; this is the first close-up view by MESSENGER. The bright spots on Sōtatsu's floor are caused by small, fresh, young craters.
Date acquired: September 07, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington