Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 29, 2012

Cabo Anonimo
Cabo Anonimo

Credits: NASA/JPL- MER Opportunity - Credits for the additional process.: Drr Marco Faccin and Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

Victoria is a Martian Impact Crater located at approx. 2,05° South Latitude and 5,50° West Longitude in the Region of Meridiani Planum - a Region that is still being visited by the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity. Victoria Crater is roughly 730 meters wide, such as nearly 8 (eight) times the size of another Impact Crater, named Endurance, which was also visited by the MER Opportunity from Sol 951 up to Sol 1630 of its Mission.

Out of curiosity, Victoria Crater, at first, was so (yet, just informally) named after the ship Victoria (such as one of the five ships of the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan, and the first one to circumnavigate the whole globe) but, some time afterwards (and formally), even though the name remained unchanged, the latter had to be related to the City of Victoria: the State Capital of the Seychelles Islands (and, useless to say, the reasons of such a change of reference are not known...).

Along the Edges (---> Rims) of Viictoria Crater there are many interesting Rocky Outcrops which are mostly located within recessed Alcoves and Promontories, all of them named after Bays and Capes that were discovered by Magellan. In today's APOD, a beautiful panoramic view of one of these CapesCabo Anonimo.

This picture is an Image-Mosaic that has been 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 Opportunity, and then looked ahead, towards that Cape of Victoria Crater known as Cabo Anonimo), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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