The Pit of Scarlatti
Scarlatti is a peak-ring basin with a diameter of 132 kilometers. Just north of the inner peak ring on the basin's floor is a large oblong pit, shown here in the highest resolution ever obtained. The large pit may have formed as a volcanic collapse feature, and this high-resolution view shows many hollows located on the pit's wall. Members of the MESSENGER team are using images like this one to unravel the geologic relationship between Scarlatti's pit and these newly seen hollows.
Date acquired: December 08, 2011
Image Credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Carnegie Institution of Washington