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Acquisition and description of Mariner 10 television science data at Mercury

Danielson, G. Edward and Klaasen, Kenneth P. and Anderson, James L. (1975) Acquisition and description of Mariner 10 television science data at Mercury. Journal of Geophysical Research, 80 (17). pp. 2357-2393. ISSN 0148-0227.

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The Mariner 10 television science subsystem was an improved version of the Mariner 9 system, using 1500-mm-focal-length optics. An elaborate picture-taking sequence resulted in transmission of over 4000 frames back to earth during two flyby encounters with Mercury. These sequences utilized a real-time data rate of 117.6 kbit/s, resulting in coverage of about 75% of the lighted portion of Mercury's surface at a resolution of better than 2 km. The complete set of useful images, which amounted to about 3000 frames, was processed with three different types of digital image-processing enhancements.

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Additional Information:© 1975 American Geophysical Union. Received February 12, 1975; revised February 27, 1975; accepted March 3, 1975; first published: 10 June 1975. We are indebted to Nancy Evans, Patsy Conklin, and Isabel Lopez for their assistance in the preparation of the many pieces of art work and data tables. The planning and execution of the actual sequence were aided by software developed by Robert Toombs. We also thank Dave Theissen and the MVM '73 personnel in the Image Processing Laboratory at JPL for providing the photo products for the mosaics. This paper represents the results of one phase of research conducted at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory under NASA contract NAS 7-100. Division of Geological and Planetary Sciences, California Institute of Technology, contribution 2573.
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Official Citation:Danielson Jr., G. E., K. P. Klaasen, and J. L. Anderson (1975), Acquisition and description of Mariner 10 television science data at Mercury, J. Geophys. Res., 80(17), 2357–2393, doi:10.1029/JB080i017p02357
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