Looking at The Horizon of Mercury

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The Horizon of Mercury

Three named craters are featured prominently in this view.

The peak-ring basin Wang Meng is toward the horizon, while the pit-floor crater Glinka is near the bottom left. Judah Ha Levi is about half way in between the two.

This image was acquired as part of MDIS's high-incidence-angle base map. The high-incidence-angle base map complements the surface morphology base map of MESSENGER's primary mission that was acquired under generally more moderate incidence angles. High incidence angles, achieved when the Sun is near the horizon, result in long shadows that accentuate the small-scale topography of geologic features. The high-incidence-angle base map was acquired with an average resolution of 200 meters/pixel.

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