Status Report


By SpaceRef Editor
September 9, 2016
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The Planetary Data System is pleased to announce Release 15 of data collected by the MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission, including the redelivery of calibrated products created from data acquired through the end of Mercury orbital operations on 30 April 2015, the redelivery of advanced products created from data acquired through 17 March 2014, and the delivery of advanced products created from data acquired through 30 April 2015. New products for this release include additional Mercury maps and digital elevation models (DEMs). The products in this delivery reflect improved calibrations and corrections as well as the incorporation of MESSENGER-derived refined values for Mercury’s radius and rotational elements and the global DEM.

MESSENGER hosted seven science instruments: Mercury Dual Imaging System; Gamma-Ray and Neutron Spectrometer; X-Ray Spectrometer; Magnetometer; Mercury Laser Altimeter; Mercury Atmospheric and Surface Composition Spectrometer, combining Ultraviolet and Visible Spectrometer with Visible and Infrared Spectrograph; and Energetic Particle and Plasma Spectrometer, and conducted a Radio Science experiment.

Data sets in this release:

Data archived in the PDS:

The ACT-REACT QuickMap interactive Web interface to MESSENGER data:

MDIS global mosaics:

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