Petrarch's Rough Neighborhood
Taken with the Narrow Angle Camera (NAC), this image shows part of the impact basin Petrarch, named for the 14th century Italian scholar, poet, and "Father of Humanism" Francesco Petrarca. Much of the surface near Petrarch is unusually rough and textured. The Mariner 10 team informally dubbed this surface "weird terrain" (though it was later named "hilly and lineated terrain" for official geologic maps). MESSENGER imaged this region during the mission's second Mercury flyby as well as a portion of it early in the orbital mission.
Date acquired: September 02, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington