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The first image of Mercury acquired by NASA's Mariner 10 in 1974. Mariner 10's trajectory brought it behind the lighted hemisphere of Mercury in order to acquire important measurements with other instruments.
The first image of Mercury acquired by NASA's Mariner 10 in 1974. Mariner 10's trajectory brought it behind the lighted hemisphere of Mercury in order to acquire important measurements with other instruments.

Planet Mercury

Caloris Basin on Mercury, is one of the largest basins in the solar system, its diameter exceeds 1300 kilometers and is in many ways similar to the great Imbrium basin on the Moon. This image is from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974.
Caloris Basin on Mercury, is one of the largest basins in the solar system, its diameter exceeds 1300 kilometers and is in many ways similar to the great Imbrium basin on the Moon. This image is from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974.

Caloris Basin

This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Michelangelo Quadrangle, which lies in Mercury's southern polar region. The Mercurian surface is heavily marred by numerous impact craters.
This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Michelangelo Quadrangle, which lies in Mercury's southern polar region. The Mercurian surface is heavily marred by numerous impact craters.

Mercury: Photomosaic of the Michelangelo Quadrangle H-12

This frame from an animation shows five versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014. Two sunspots, each about the diameter of Earth, also appear.
This frame from an animation shows five versions of observations that NASA's Curiosity made about one hour apart while Mercury was passing in front of the sun on June 3, 2014. Two sunspots, each about the diameter of Earth, also appear.

Mercury Transit of the Sun, Seen From Mars

This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Borealis area H-1, located in Mercury's northern hemisphere. The north pole is visible at the top of the image.
This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the Borealis area H-1, located in Mercury's northern hemisphere. The north pole is visible at the top of the image.

Mercury: Photomosaic of Borealis Quadrangle H-1

This picture, taken only minutes after NASA's Mariner 10 made its closest approach to Mercury, is one of the highest resolution pictures obtained. Abundant craters in various stages of degradation dot the surface.
This picture, taken only minutes after NASA's Mariner 10 made its closest approach to Mercury, is one of the highest resolution pictures obtained. Abundant craters in various stages of degradation dot the surface.

Mercury at First Encounter Closest Approach

This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the northern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle.
This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the northern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle.

Mercury: Photomosaic of the Shakespeare Quadrangle (Northern Half) H-3

This computer generated mosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of Mercury's Tolstoj Quadrangle, named for the ancient Tolstoj crater located in the lower center of the image.
This computer generated mosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of Mercury's Tolstoj Quadrangle, named for the ancient Tolstoj crater located in the lower center of the image.

Mercury: Photomosaic of the Tolstoj Quadrangle H-8

After passing on the darkside of the planet, NASA's Mariner 10 photographed the other, somewhat more illuminated hemisphere of Mercury. The north pole is at the top, two-thirds down from which is the equator.
After passing on the darkside of the planet, NASA's Mariner 10 photographed the other, somewhat more illuminated hemisphere of Mercury. The north pole is at the top, two-thirds down from which is the equator.

Photomosaic of Mercury - Outbound View

NASA's Mariner 10 shows a close-up view of one-half of a circular basin the largest observed on Mercury. Hills and valleys extend in a radial fashion outward from the main ring.
NASA's Mariner 10 shows a close-up view of one-half of a circular basin the largest observed on Mercury. Hills and valleys extend in a radial fashion outward from the main ring.

Large Circular Basin - 1300-km diameter

This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the southern hemisphere of Mercury.
This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the southern hemisphere of Mercury.

Mercury's Southern Hemisphere

This computer photomosaic is of the Caloris Basin, the largest basin on Mercury. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft imaged the region during its initial flyby of the planet after its launch in 1974.
This computer photomosaic is of the Caloris Basin, the largest basin on Mercury. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft imaged the region during its initial flyby of the planet after its launch in 1974.

Mercury's Caloris Basin

This computer generated photomosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of the southern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle, named for the ancient Shakespeare crater located on the upper edge to the left of center.
This computer generated photomosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of the southern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle, named for the ancient Shakespeare crater located on the upper edge to the left of center.

Mercury: Photomosaic of the Shakespeare Quadrangle of Mercury (Southern Half) H-3

This computer generated photomosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of the southern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle, named for the ancient Shakespeare crater located on the upper edge to the left of center.
This computer generated photomosaic from NASA's Mariner 10 is of the southern half of Mercury's Shakespeare Quadrangle, named for the ancient Shakespeare crater located on the upper edge to the left of center.

Photomosaic of Mercury - Inbound View

This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the H-7 Beethoven Quadrangle, and lies in Mercury's Equatorial Mercator. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft imaged the region during its initial flyby of the planet.
This image, from NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft which launched in 1974, is of the H-7 Beethoven Quadrangle, and lies in Mercury's Equatorial Mercator. NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft imaged the region during its initial flyby of the planet.

Mercury: Beethoven Quadrangle, H-7

The Kuiper Quadrangle was named in memory of Dr. Gerard Kuiper, an imaging team member, and well-known astronomer, of NASA's Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury. The Kuiper crater is seen left of center in this image.
The Kuiper Quadrangle was named in memory of Dr. Gerard Kuiper, an imaging team member, and well-known astronomer, of NASA's Mariner 10 Venus/Mercury. The Kuiper crater is seen left of center in this image.

Mercury: Photomosaic of the Kuiper Quadrangle H-6

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