This image shows a small portion of the interior of Scarlatti basin, a peak-ring basin named for Baroque composers Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti (father and son). The image is located just to the side of a large pit that lies along part of Scarlatti's peak ring. This pit may have formed by explosive volcanism.
Date acquired: April 22, 2015
Image Mission Elapsed Time (MET): 71994228
Image ID: 8373819
Instrument: Narrow Angle Camera (NAC) of the Mercury Dual Imaging System (MDIS)
Center Latitude: 41.05°
Center Longitude: 259.86° E
Resolution: 2.8 meters/pixel
Scale: The scene is approximately 1.4 km (0.9 mi.) across.
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