Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 13, 2013

Southern Crater Cluster
Southern Crater Cluster

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 November, 24, 2012, and during its 48.563rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small Group of Impact Craters surrounded by a thick and huge Ejecta Blanket forming some kind of "pedestal" for all three of them.

Latitude (centered): 33,023° South
Longitude (centered): 302,987° 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 17324) has been additionally processed, magnified, contrast enhanced, Gamma corrected 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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