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Target: S RingsMission: MESSENGER, Cassini-HuygensSpacecraft: MESSENGER, Cassini OrbiterInstrument: Imaging Science Subsystem - Wide Angle, Mercury Dual Imaging System - Wide Angle ID#: PIA17038
These images show views of Earth and the moon from NASA's Cassini (left) and MESSENGER spacecraft (right) from July 19, 2013.
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A Solar Day at Prokofiev Crater
Mission: MESSENGERSpacecraft: MESSENGERInstrument: Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) ID#: PIA16530
This animation depicts the illumination of the topography near Prokofiev crater, showing the small proportion of sunlight that reaches Prokofiev's floor and rim.
How MLA Works
Mission: MESSENGERSpacecraft: MESSENGERInstrument: Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) ID#: PIA16529
NASA's Mercury Laser Altimeter (MLA) is shown ranging to Mercury's surface from orbit. In this animation, yellow flashes represent near-infrared laser pulses that can reflect off terrain in shadow as well as in sunlight.
MESSENGER at Mercury (Artist's Concept)
Target: MercuryMission: MESSENGERSpacecraft: MESSENGER ID#: PIA18145
Artist's impression of NASA's MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, GEochemistry, and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft in orbit at Mercury.