|Target Name: Mercury, Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun), Mission: Mariner Venus Mercury (MVM), Spacecraft: Mariner 10, Instrument: Imaging Science Subsystem – Narrow Angle, Product Size: 213 samples x 275 lines, Produced By: Northwestern University, Addition Date: 1999-12-07|
Original Caption Released with Image: Updated calibration and subsequent mosaicing have led to substantial improvements in the Mariner 10 color image data. This color composite was formed to especially highlight differences in opaque minerals (such as ilmenite), Iron content, and soil maturity.
The Mariner 10 mission is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for NASA’s Office of Space Science, explored Venus in February 1974 on the way to three encounters with Mercury-in March and September 1974 and in March 1975. The spacecraft took more than 7,000 photos of Mercury, Venus, the Earth and the Moon.
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