Space Science Reviews

, Volume 132, Issue 2–4, pp 291–306 | Cite as

The Surface of Mercury as Seen by Mariner 10

  • G. Cremonese
  • A. Sprague
  • J. Warell
  • N. Thomas
  • L. Ksamfomality
Article

Abstract

The Mariner 10 spacecraft made three flyby passes of Mercury in 1974 and 1975. It imaged a little less than half of the surface and discovered Mercury had an intrinsic magnetic field. This paper briefly describes the surface of Mercury as seen by Mariner 10 as a backdrop to the discoveries made since then by ground-based observations and the optimistic anticipation of new discoveries by MESSENGER and BepiColombo spacecraft that are scheduled for encounter in the next decade.

Keywords

Planets: Mercury Space vehicule Instrumentation: imager Mercury surface Mariner 10 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • G. Cremonese
    • 1
  • A. Sprague
    • 2
  • J. Warell
    • 3
  • N. Thomas
    • 4
  • L. Ksamfomality
    • 5
  1. 1.INAF-Osservatorio AstronomicoPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Lunar and Planetary LaboratoryUniversity of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  3. 3.Dept. Astronomy & Space Phys.Uppsala UniversityUppsalaSweden
  4. 4.Physikalisches InstitutUniversity of BernBernSwitzerland
  5. 5.IKIMoscowRussia

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