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EARTH-BASED VISIBLE AND NEAR IR IMAGING OF MERCURY
Uppsala University.
2007 (English)In: Space Science Series of ISSI, 2007Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

New planned orbiter missions to Mercury have prompted renewed efforts to investigate the surface

of Mercury via ground-based remote sensing. While the highest resolution instrumentation optical

telescopes (e.g. HST) cannot be used at angular distances close to the Sun, advanced ground-based

astronomical techniques and modern analytical and software can be used to obtain the resolved images of

the poorly known or unknown part of Mercury. Our observations of the planet presented here were carried

out in many observatories at morning and evening elongation of the planet. Stacking the acquired images of

the hemisphere of Mercury, which was not observed by the Mariner 10 mission (1974-75), is presented.

Huge features found there change radically the existing hypothesis that the "continental" character of a

surface may be attributed to the whole planet. We present the observational method, the data analysis

approach, the resulting images and obtained properties of the Mercury's surface.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-24843OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-24843DiVA: diva2:52617
Available from: 2007-02-07 Created: 2007-02-07

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