Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 9, 2015

Features of Coprates Chasma (Part I)
Features of Coprates Chasma (Part I)

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

In this smply beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on July, 13th, 2002, and during its 2.562nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the huge Martian Canyon known as Coprates Chasma (---> the Abyss of Coprates). Coprates Chasma belongs to (---> is just part of) the Great Valles Marineris Canyon System, it is approx. 966 Km (such as about 599,886 miles) long and it was so named after a so-called "Classical Albedo Feature".


Latitude (centered): 12,9107° South
Longitude (centered): 295,4290° East
Instrument: VIS


This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter false colors and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19003) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter and then looked down, towards the Surface of Mars), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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