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Mariner 10 mosaic of Mercury taken during the approach to the first encounter. This mosaic was made of 18 pictures taken at 42 second intervals 6 hours before closest approach. The lower two-thirds of the visible portion is the southern hemisphere of Mercury. The resolution is about 2 km. The flat-floored crater just below the center of the frame, containing two smaller craters at its bottom right and left, is the 160 km diameter Petrarch. The light-floored crater surrounded by darker material at the upper left is Lermontov, diameter 160 km. Date/Time: 1974-03-29; Mariner 10; NASA Image ID number: Fig. 18, Atlas of Mercury; Instrument: GEC 1-inch vidicon tube (TV) camera


Mariner 10 mosaic of Mercury taken as the spacecraft was outbound after the first flyby. This mosaic was made up of 18 pictures, taken about 6 hours after closest approach. The north pole is at the top, and the equator is about two-thirds down from the top. The resolution is about 2 km. Half of the Caloris Basin is visible at the terminator on the left, just above the middle of the image. The bright ray crater at the upper right is the 45 km diameter Degas. Date/Time: 1974-03-30; Mariner 10; NASA Image ID number: Fig. 19, Atlas of Mercury, Fig. 19; Instrument: GEC 1-inch vidicon tube (TV) camera.


Mariner 10 image of the jumbled, chaotic terrain antipodal to the Caloris Basin on Mercury. This region is on the exact opposite side of the planet from the major impact which formed the Caloris Basin. It is believed the seismic waves generated by the impact were focussed to this point as they travelled through the planet, and that this is responsible for the chaotic appearance of this region. The large, flat-floored crater on the left is about 35 km in diameter, and north is up. Mariner 10; Atlas of Mercury, Fig. 11-20; Instrument: GEC 1-inch vidicon tube (TV) camera.


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