Planets and Moons  ID: 30820

First Global Topographic Model of Mercury

NASA’s MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) mission has unveiled the first global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury, revealing in stunning detail the topography across the entire innermost planet and paving the way for scientists to fully characterize Mercury’s geologic history.

In the colorized map, purple and blue colors indicate lower elevations while yellows and red show high elevations.

For More Information

http://astrogeology.usgs.gov/maps/mercury-messenger-global-digital-elevation-model

https://www.nasa.gov/feature/first-global-topographic-model-of-mercury


Credits

Marit Jentoft-Nilsen: Graphic Designer
Please give credit for this item to:
NASA/U.S. Geological Survey/Arizona State University/Carnegie Institution of Washington/JHUAPL

Science Paper:
Becker, K.J. et al. (2016) LPS 47, Abstract 2959.

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Mission:
MESSENGER: Mercury, Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging

Data Used:
MESSENGER/Global DEM 665m
Using observations from Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS) narrow-angle camera (NAC) and multispectral wide-angle camera (WAC), we derived a global digital elevation model (DEM) of Mercury.
Credit:
NASA/U.S. Geological Survey/Arizona State University/Carnegie Institution of Washington/JHUAPL
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Keywords:
SVS >> Mercury
SVS >> Hyperwall
NASA Science >> Planets and Moons
SVS >> Mercury Topography