Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 15, 2013

Unnamed Crater in Noachis Terra
Unnamed Crater in Noachis Terra

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 July 2nd, 2013, and during its 51.309th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a multiple (Drainage, maybe) Channels which dissect both the Inner and the Outer Rim of this Unnamed Impact Crater located in the Southern Martian Region known as Noachis Terra.

Noachis Terra (litterally: the "Land of Noah") is an extremely extensive (---> long and wide) Southern Landmass (---> Terra) that lies to the West of the giant Hellas Impact Basin, roughly between the Latitudes − 20° and − 80° and the Longitudes 30° West and 30° East; to be more precise, Noachis Terra is centered at about 45° South Latitude and 350° East Longitude.

Latitude (centered): 29,7655° South
Longitude (centered): 335,0270° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17425) 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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