Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 1, 2014

On the Rim of Lohse Crater
On the Rim of Lohse 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 September, 28th, 2014, and during its 56.734th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see numerous Channels dissecting the Inner Rim of the extremely ancient Lohse Crater (located in Argyre Quadrangle of Mars, and approx. 155,5 Km - such as about 96,565 miles - in diameter).

Lohse Crater was so named after Wilhelm Oswald Lohse, a German Astronomer (who was born in Leipzig on February, 13, 1845 and died in Potsdam on May, 14, 1915).

Latitude (centered): 44,1847° South
Longitude (centered): 342,3580° 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 18952) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal 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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