Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 31, 2013

Features of Escalante Crater
Features of Escalante Crater

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 October, 27th, 2013, and during its 52.652nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small, not really compact, and also quite dark Dunefield located in the Southern Portion of the Floor of the Equatorial Impact Crater known as Escalante.

Only a few, and even very small, Impact Craters can be spotted near the Central and Northern Portion of the Floor of Escalante Crater, and this circumstance alone, in fact, tells us that this Martian Impact Crater (of course, always relatively speaking, in terms of time) is one of the most recent existing in the Region.

Latitude (centered): 0,014° South
Longitude (centered): 115,525° 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 17781) 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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