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The Spider Date: 14 Jan 2008 The Narrow Angle Camera of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on the MESSENGER spacecraft obtained this high-resolution image of the floor of the Caloris basin. Last Update: 1 Apr 2011 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington The Narrow Angle Camera of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) on the MESSENGER spacecraft obtained this high-resolution image of the floor of the Caloris basin. Narrow Angles, Planets Mercury, Impact Crater, Messenger Spacecraft, Angles Camera, Spiders Crater, Dual Images, Night Sky, Calories Basin
Venus is the most Earth-like planet in the solar system (it’s similar in size, mass, and composition); however, it is terribly unEarth-like. Similar to Earth, Venus has an atmosphere that envelops the planet. However, this is a extremely dense atmosphere that is full of greenhouse gasses. In fact, the atmosphere is so thick that is causes the surface temperatures on the planet to exceed 870 °F (465 °C), which, by the way, is hot enough to melt lead.
Hollows on Mercury: NASA's MESSENGER spacecraft discovered strange hollows on the surface of Mercury. Images taken from orbit reveal thousands of peculiar depressions at a variety of longitudes and latitudes, ranging in size from 60 feet to over a mile across and 60 to 120 feet deep. Last Update: 29 Feb 2012 (AMB) Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
Morning Star Date: 4 Mar 2013 Dawn on Saturn is greeted across the vastness of interplanetary space by the morning star, Venus, in this image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Venus appears just off the edge of the planet, in the upper part of the image, directly above the white streak of Saturn's G ring. Lower down, Saturn's E ring makes an appearance, looking blue thanks to the scattering properties of the dust that comprises the ring. A bright spot near the E ring is a distant star.
Double Ring Crater - Date: 14 Jan 2008 MESSENGER's Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) on the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) during the spacecraft's flyby of Mercury on 14 January 2008. The scene is part of a mosaic that covers a portion of the hemisphere not viewed by Mariner 10 during any of its three flybys (1974-1975). The surface of Mercury is revealed at a resolution of about 250 m/pixel (about 820 feet/pixel).
Candy Stripes Date: 5 Apr 2007 This strongly enhanced false color view is a departure from the familiar bluish north and golden south seen in natural color Cassini spacecraft images, but the contrast between regions north and south of the ring shadows is here more readily apparent.
This well composed sequence captures the rising Moon and Mercury above the city lights of Brisbane in Queensland, Australia. A stack of digital images, it consists of an exposure made every 3 minutes beginning at 4:15 am local time on April 19. Mercury's track is at the far right, separated from the Moon's path by about 8 degrees.