Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 21, 2014

Wdowiak Ridge - Sol 3786
Wdowiak Ridge - Sol 3786

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ. (ASU) and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF for the additional process. and color.

This truly fascinating vista (which, actually, it is just a crop taken from an image-mosaic) of Endeavour Crater that was obtained by the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity, shows us, in a very well defined manner, a Surface Relief informally (---> unofficially) named "Wdowiak Ridge".

Opportunity's Panoramic Camera (or "PanCam", for short) recorded the component images of this mosaic (that is basically looking toward the Northern Side of Endeavour Crater) during the 3.786th Martian Day, or Sol, of Opportunity's work on Mars (such as September, 17, 2014, on Earth). The Ridge that we are talking about stands, prominently, on the Western Rim of Endeavour Crater, about 200 yards (such as approx. 182,88 meters) to the West of the Rim's Main Crest Line. Its informal name is a tribute to Opportunity's Science Team Member Thomas J. Wdowiak (1939 - 2013).

This picture (which is a crop taken from an Original False Colors Image-Mosaic obtained by the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) - "Opportunity" on September, 17, 2014, published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal and identified by the ID n. PIA 18615) has been additionally processed, magnified in order to help the visibility of the Landscape's details, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Enhanced Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that an extremely sharp human eye would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover (MER) Opportunity, and then looked ahead, towards the Horizon and the Sky above Endeavour Crater), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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