NASA: Mercury’s First Photo Taken By Messenger Spacecraft, Debussy Crater In Greater Detail

By on Mar 31, 2011 in Astronomy, Science, World Comments
Debussy Crater Of Mercury Planet
Mercury’s Debussy Crater
Image Credit: NASA/JHUAPL/CIW/Space.com

Mercury’s first photo from orbit has been snapped by NASA‘s Messenger spacecraft on March 29, 2011, Space.com reported.

“This image is the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the solar system’s innermost planet,” Messenger mission scientists explained in a statement.

The Messenger spacecraft was said to have a dual imaging system, the Narrow Angle Camera and the Wide Angle Camera, which was used to take the first photo of Mercury from orbit.

Reports said that Mercury’s first photo shows a wide crater called Debussy crater which was named in honor of the French composer Claude Debussy. The Debussy crater shows a large system of rays which was captured in greater detail than ever previously seen.

Mercury’s first photo also shows several crater smaller than Debussy such as Matabei and Berkel.

Here are some of the photos of Mercury taken by Messenger spacecraft. (Click the page numbers to view more photos.)

planet mercury first photo

NASA’s Mercury Messenger probe captured this historic image of Mercury, the first ever obtained from a spacecraft in orbit about the solar system’s innermost planet. The photo was taken on Tuesday (March 29) at 5:20 am EDT. Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington



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