Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 30, 2015

Features of Makhambet Crater
Features of Makhambet 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 extraordinarily beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 6th, 2002, and during its 4.333rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, almost entirely, the Impact Crater (with a large and well defined Pedestal) known as Makhambet Crater (after Makhambet Otemisuly, who was a Kazakh poet - born in Bukey Horde in the AD 1804 - and political figure. He is best known for his activity as a leader of rebellions against Russian colonialism. This activity is believed to have resulted in his murder which occurred on October, 20, of the AD 1846).

Latitude (centered): 28,3229° North
Longitude (centered): 319,4170° 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 19034) 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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