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MESSENGER Global Mercury Mosaic, Based on flybys 1, 2, and 3 (plus M10)
elakdawalla
post Dec 15 2009, 05:47 PM
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MESSENGER Team Releases First Global Map of Mercury

NASA’s MESSENGER mission team and cartographic experts from the U. S. Geological Survey have created a critical tool for planning the first orbital observations of the planet Mercury – a global mosaic of the planet that will help scientists pinpoint craters, faults, and other features for observation...

You can explore the map in USGS Map-a-Planet (which seems to have been redesigned a bit), or download the full resolution version at 500 m/pixel here. That page also has some interesting info on the map's precision:
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Control Network:

There are 13 total observation sequences from all three MESSENGER flybys included in the control network.

The existing Mariner 10 base map provided a ground "truth" for the MESSENGER control network. Select MESSENGER images were tied to the Mariner 10 base at seven different ground truth locations. Using ISIS3 software, 5,301 control points (18,834 measurements) were selected in 886 MDIS narrow-angle camera (NAC) images. Highly specialized bundle block adjustment software was used to minimize image boundary mismatches.

The maximum RMS error for the global control is 3.48 pixels. The average RMS error is 0.2 pixels. Pixel density values are in I/F reflectance units. Absolute errors of the MESSENGER bundle adjustment are relative to the base map as reported to be ~25 km [Robinson 1999]. Hun Kal, a small crater defining the longitude system of Mercury, is within ~2.257 km of its predicted position of 20°W longitude.


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post Oct 22 2011, 04:39 PM
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Good eye John - would be nice to have a 3-D map though wink.gif

My latest version (linked in signature below) should have fewer of this type of artifact. It is also now 8K in size so finer details can be seen.


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- elakdawalla   MESSENGER Global Mercury Mosaic   Dec 15 2009, 05:47 PM
- - JohnVV   cool i can update my map .   Dec 16 2009, 04:34 AM
- - JohnVV   i did, a bit lo contrast and still needs some wor...   Apr 4 2010, 03:54 AM
- - scalbers   Looks like a nice high resolution map there on the...   Jun 25 2010, 06:29 PM
- - JohnVV   scalbers i do a bit of air brushing to remove se...   Jun 25 2010, 09:48 PM
- - peter59   Messenger team released yesterday a new mosaic: ht...   Dec 8 2010, 11:19 AM
- - craigmcg   Google Mercury coming soon?   Dec 8 2010, 06:05 PM
- - nprev   VERY nice desktop, Peter, just put it up! Than...   Dec 9 2010, 12:03 AM
- - peter59   3 new mosaics released. http://messenger.jhuapl.ed...   Feb 9 2011, 06:26 PM
- - ZLD   I've always been mystified at how similar Merc...   Feb 9 2011, 07:20 PM
|- - schaffman   QUOTE (ZLD @ Feb 9 2011, 02:20 PM) I...   Feb 10 2011, 02:00 PM
- - ngunn   Mercury and our Moon are very different on the ins...   Feb 9 2011, 07:39 PM
- - ZLD   Mercury is almost as dense as the Earth, despite b...   Feb 9 2011, 07:51 PM
|- - stevesliva   QUOTE (ZLD @ Feb 9 2011, 03:51 PM) Mercur...   Feb 9 2011, 09:01 PM
- - ZLD   Thanks Tom, I really appreciate that. I scoured t...   Feb 10 2011, 02:29 PM
- - Gsnorgathon   Small, rocky, no atmosphere - why would you expect...   Feb 11 2011, 01:30 AM
- - ZLD   Maybe mystified was a poor word choice; maybe inte...   Feb 11 2011, 04:15 AM
- - scalbers   Greetings, Here is an updated version of my globa...   Aug 20 2011, 04:53 PM
- - CAP-Team   Great work! Can we expect more updates in the ...   Aug 21 2011, 10:41 AM
|- - scalbers   QUOTE (CAP-Team @ Aug 21 2011, 11:41...   Oct 10 2011, 08:04 PM
- - machi   Excellent! New Hermean texture for Orbiter si...   Aug 22 2011, 12:23 PM
- - JohnVV   Am i seeing things or is there an anaglyph at -60 ...   Oct 10 2011, 08:52 PM
- - scalbers   Good eye John - would be nice to have a 3-D map th...   Oct 22 2011, 04:39 PM
- - Phil Stooke   Not to leave the north pole out... this is a mosai...   Oct 24 2011, 04:30 PM
- - elakdawalla   Phil, your mosaic may contain the answer to a ques...   Oct 24 2011, 04:56 PM
- - Phil Stooke   If you look closely you will see that area at abou...   Oct 24 2011, 05:33 PM
- - Phil Stooke   If you go to the MESSENGER Quickmap: http://messe...   Oct 24 2011, 07:01 PM
- - elakdawalla   Huh, so you can. Thanks.   Oct 24 2011, 08:27 PM
- - Phil Stooke   The latest MESSENGER picture of the day is a globa...   Oct 28 2011, 01:40 PM
- - Phil Stooke   This is the north polar region (out to about 45 de...   Oct 28 2011, 01:46 PM


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