Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 15, 2014

Features of Coprates Chasma
Features of Coprates Chasma

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 May, 14th, 2002, and during its 1.838th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a really small portion of the Martian Region known as Coprates Chasma (a huge Canyon located in the Coprates Quadrangle of Mars, at about 13.4° South Latitude and 61,4° West Longitude).

Coprates Chasma is part of the gigantic Valles Marineris Canyon System; it is approx. 966 Km (such as about 599,886 miles) long and it was so named after a so-called "Classical Albedo Feature". Low altitude Fogs might be reason of the unusual color of the Surface pictured here.

Latitude (centered): 11,5884° South
Longitude (centered): 295,2980° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter false colors and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 18879) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-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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