Lowlands in Mercury's North
This image shows a perspective view, looking towards Mercury's north and colorized by the topographic height of the surface. The purple colors are the lowest and white is the highest. As shown in this previous release, the total dynamical range of the height variation measured on Mercury is roughly 10 km. The craters Rubens and Monteverdi, with diameters of 159 km and 134 km respectively, are located near the middle of this view. Mercury's expansive northern plains, extending off the upper limb of the planet in this image, have a lower height relative to the neighboring surface.
Date acquired: August 23, 2012
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington