Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 11, 2013

Coprates Labes
Coprates Labes

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

The finely ridged Materials visible in the upper portion of this NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter image - taken by the Spacecraft during its 49.450th orbit around the Red Planet - are huge Landslide (associated, most likely, with Mudslide) Deposits called Coprates Labes. These Deposits are found on the Floor of Coprates Chasma: a huge Canyon characterized by very steep Walls which is located in the Coprates Quadrangle of Mars, at 13,4° South Latitude and 61,4° West Longitude. Coprates Chasma is just a portion of the Valles Marineris Canyon System; it is approx. 966 Km (such as a little less than 600 miles) long and it got its name after a so-called "Classical Albedo Feature".

Latitude (centered): 11,7442° South
Longitude (centered): 292,003° East
Instrument: VIS
Captured: February, 5th, 2013

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 16271) 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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