Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 17, 2015

Features of Renaudot Crater
Features of Renaudot 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, 4th, 2002, and during its 3.206th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a very small section of the Outer Rim of the ancient Renaudot Crater. Renaudot is an Impact Crater located to the North/East of Rudaux Crater and to the East of Moreux Crater. The Impact Event which created Renaudot Crater caused an opening (---> hole on the Surface) of approx. 64 Km (such as about 39,744 miles) of diameter. A large a dark Dustfield (possibly made of Volcanic Ashes and Dust) can be seen toward the upper right (Dx - East) portion of the Floor of the Crater.

The name was approved in the AD 1973 by the International Astronomical Union (or "IAU", for short), in honor to the French Astronomer Gabrielle Renaudot Flammarion (who was born in the AD 1877 and died in the AD 1962).

Latitude (centered): 41,8113° North
Longitude (centered): 62,0611° 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 19018) 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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