Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 4, 2013

Olympus' Escarpment
Olympus' Escarpment

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

Today's APOD image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter during its 48.003rd Orbit, shows us a VERY small (but still extremely interesting, as you can see by yourself) portion of the steep Escarpment existing between the Main Edifice of the Great Martian Volcano known as Olympus Mons and the surrounding Volcanic Plains (remember that an Escarpment is a - usually - steep Slope or a long Cliff that occurs from Erosion or Faulting and separates 2 (two) - relatively levelled/flat - areas/terrains which are situated at different elevations with regard to a certain, and given, Datum - such as that Point, Place or Region of a Celestial Body that is conventionally considered to be situated at Zero Altitude (the Sea Level, for instance, and as far as the Planet Earth is concerned).


Latitude: 13,9669° North
Longitude: 227,030° East
Instrument: VIS
Captured: October, 9th, 2012


This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 16651) has been additionally processed and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a 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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