Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 21, 2012

Sunset over Gusev Crater - Sol 489
Sunset over Gusev Crater - Sol 489

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech - MER Spirit - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

Today's APOD is a Left Panoramic Camera (PanCam) Non-linearized Downsampled EDR frame acquired on Sol 489 by the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Spirit - now decommissioned - at approximately 18:13:11 Mars Local Solar Time, in the Martian Region of Gusev Crater. The camera commanded to use Filter 2 (753 nm).


This frame has been additionally processed and colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover Spirit, and then looked towards the Horizon and Sky of Gusev Crater), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.



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