Radar-bright Deposits near Mercury's North Pole
The highest-resolution radar image of Mercury’s north polar region made from the Arecibo Observatory (Harmon et al., Icarus, 211, 37-50, 2011) is shown in yellow on a mosaic of MESSENGER orbital images. Radar-bright features in the Arecibo image all collocate with areas mapped as in shadow in Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) images to date, consistent with the proposal that radar-bright materials contain water ice. This image is shown in a polar stereographic projection with every 5° of latitude and 30° of longitude indicated and with 0° longitude at the bottom. On Mercury, 5° of latitude is approximately 213 km.
Date acquired: March 22, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington