Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 31, 2014

Olympus Rupes
Olympus Rupes

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, 12th, 2014, and during its 54.309th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (VERY) small portion of the so-called "Olympus Rupes" (---> Scarp), such as part of the steep Margin surrounding the largest and tallest (Mountain) Volcano of the Solar System: Olympus Mons. A number of sinuous and relatively narrow Channels can also be scene all over the area, as well as the West-facing Outer Rim of a (probably not too ancient) Unnamed Impact Crater (located on the lower right - Dx - of the frame).

Latitude (centered): 22,1556° North
Longitude (centered): 228,4160° 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 18262) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, 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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