Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 9, 2013

Features of Gale Crater (Part II)
Features of Gale Crater (Part II)

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 is a 9 years' old frame taken by the NASA - MArs Odyssey Orbiter during its 11330th orbit around the Red Planet; it shows us, again (but, this time, from a slightly different position as to the one where the picture that we published yesterday was obtained), some more Features of the Floor of Gale Crater, including - once again - the Landing Site of the Mars Exploration Rover (and Laboratory) "Curiosity" (bottom right portion of the image, near the Dark Dunes), and a medium-sized Channel that cuts through the Crater's Rim (on the left side of the frame).


Latitude (centered): 4,2574° South
Longitude (centered): 137,3510° East
Instrument: VIS
Captured: July, 4th, 2004


This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 16240) 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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