Rembrandt crater mosaic

  • Year: 2008

English: Date Acquired: mosaic of images, obtained during first (14 January 2008) and second (6 October 2008) Messenger’s flybys (Watters T.R. et al. (2009). “Evolution of the Rembrandt Impact Basin on Mercury”. Science 324 (5927): 618–621. DOI:10.1126/science.1172109. PMID 19407197.)
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Scale: Image width about 1000 km, Rembrandt basin has a diameter of 715 kilometers (444 miles)
Of Interest: This NAC mosaic of the newly discovered Rembrandt impact basin was presented last week during a NASA media teleconference. The number per area and size distribution of impact craters superposed on Rembrandt’s rim indicates that it is one of the youngest impact basins on Mercury. To read more about Rembrandt and view other images presented during the event, visit the media teleconference webpage.

Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Smithsonian Institution/Carnegie Institution of Washington

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