Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 9, 2013

Features of Coprates Chasma
Features of Coprates Chasma

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

In this VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on March, 11, 2013 and during its 49.862nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see that a large Landslide Deposit fills a portion of the Floor of Coprates Chasma: a huge and extremely long Canyon located the Coprates Quadrangle of Mars, at 13,4° South Latitude and 61,4° West Longitude. Coprates Chasma (---> the Abyss of Coprates) is part of the enormous Valles Marineris Canyon System and its length is of approx. 966 Km (such as about 599,88 miles).

Latitude (centered): 12,850° South
Longitude (centered): 293,254° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17224) has been additionally processed, magnified, contrast enhanced 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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