General Chat Thread, MESSENGER Surpasses 200,000 Orbital Images Of Mercury in General; Link: MESSENGER Web Site
MESSENGER has now returned more than 200,000 images acquired from orbit about Mercury. The 1996 proposal ...
8th February 2014, 08:31 AM #1
MESSENGER Surpasses 200,000 Orbital Images Of Mercury
Link: MESSENGER Web Site
From the Global Mosaics gallery: Mosaic with 100% Coverage of Mercury's Surface [links to large image]
MESSENGER has now returned more than 200,000 images acquired from orbit about Mercury. The 1996 proposal for the mission promised a return of at least 1,000 images says Robert Gold, MESSENGER's Science Payload Manager. "We expected then that we would have some data compression that would probably raise the image total to somewhere near 2,000 images," says Gold, of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL), but scientists did not imagine then the degree to which MESSENGER would surpass that goal.
"Returning over 200,000 images from orbit about Mercury is an impressive accomplishment for the mission, and one I've been personally counting down for the last few months," says APL's Nancy Chabot, the Instrument Scientist for the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS). "However, I'm really more excited about the many thousands of images that are still in MESSENGER's future, especially those that we plan to acquire at low altitudes and will provide the highest resolution views yet of Mercury's surface."...
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