Mercury’s Great Valley

  • Creator: Carnegie Institution of Washington, DLR Institute of Planetary Research, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
  • Year: 2016
  • Location: Great Valley, Mercury

Animation of 3D perspective view of Mercury’s great valley. The animation begins with Mercury’s great valley, as seen in a high incidence angle image mosaic obtained by NASA’s MESSENGER spacecraft, extending from the Rembrandt basin (upper right) for over 1,000 km (lower left). The image mosaic transforms into a colorized digital elevation model created from stereo images of the region. The vertical exaggeration, the difference between the vertical and horizontal scale, is increased until it reaches about 8× to emphasis the topographic relief.

Mercury’s Great Valley is available in the public domain via Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Unported .

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