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Geological Mapping and Target Selection for the Western of Eminescu (H-09) Quadrangle (Mercury) in Support to SIMBIO-SYS Instrument of ESA/JAXA BepiColombo Mission

Presentation #106.07D in the session Mercury (Oral Presentation)

Published onOct 23, 2023
Geological Mapping and Target Selection for the Western of Eminescu (H-09) Quadrangle (Mercury) in Support to SIMBIO-SYS Instrument of ESA/JAXA BepiColombo Mission

The NASA MESSENGER space mission was able to cover the global surface of Mercury and provide a panchromatic mosaic with an average res-olution of 200 m/px. The derived data from NASA MESSENGER Mercury Dual Imaging Systems (MDIS) motivated the global mapping coordinated project and the delivery of geological maps for the entire quadrangles of Mercury. This project aims to produce a series of 1:3M regional geologic maps to be used in sup-port of the ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission. As part of the global mapping of Mercury, is the western of the Eminescu (H-09) quadrangle, that runs from 72° to 108° longitudes and -22.5° to 22.5° latitudes. The morpho-stratigraphic map that we will produce, will be the first map for the western of the Eminescu (H-09) quadrangle with 1:3M output scale. This map will help to study the tectonic and geologic context, in addition to identify a list of possible targets with scientific interest to be covered in the near future by SIMBIO-SYS instru-ments onboard the BepiColombo space mission. In this work, we are updating the on ongoing mapping, display the preliminary analysis and propose a list of possible targets for ESA/JAXA BepiColombo mission to Mercury.

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