Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 8, 2015

Large Dunefield on the Floor of Rabe Crater
Large Dunefield on the Floor of Rabe 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 nice VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 28th, 2014, and during its 57.843rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see part of the large Dunefield found in a Surface Depression located on the Floor of Rabe Crater (a relatively big Impact Crater found in the Noachis Quadrangle of Mars and located at approx. 43,9° South Latitude and 325,1° West Longitude. Rabe Crater is about 108 Km in diameter - such as about 67.068 miles - and it was so named after Wilhelm F. Rabe, a German Astronomer - 1893 – 1958).

Latitude (centered): 43,3470° South
Longitude (centered): 34,6452° 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 19193) 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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