Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 19, 2014

Unnamed Crater cut by a Graben in Claritas Fossae
Unnamed Crater cut by a Graben in Claritas Fossae

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 September, 28th, 2014, and during its 56.737th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (relatively) large and (certainly, very) old Unnamed Impact Crater, located in the Martian Region known as Claritas Fossae, which has been partially cut (watch the right side - Dx - of the frame) by an almost Linear Graben.

Latitude (centered): 38,1365° South
Longitude (centered): 254,8170° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 18953) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized in a New Version of 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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