Solar Storm Affects Mercury Imagery

Solar Storm Affects Mercury Imagery

In March 2012, a powerful solar storm affected MESSENGER's imagery. In this picture of Mercury's surface, the bright streaks and speckles result from energetic particles from the Sun hitting the charged-couple device (CCD) on the spacecraft's camera. Images acquired during the storm will have to be taken again later in the mission.

  • Catalog Number: EN0239584591
  • Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington
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