Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 21, 2015

Rabe Crater's Dunefield
Rabe Crater's Dunefield

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

In this really beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 12th, 2015, and during its 58.024th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a - relatively - large portion of the huge - and truly interesting - Dunefield that covers most of the Floor of Rabe Crater, as well as some medium-sized (and almost Sand and Dust-free) light-colored Rocky Outcrops, on the upper part (North) of the frame.

Just out of curiosity, Rabe Crater is a quite large Impact Crater located in the Noachis Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 43.9° South Latitude and 325,1° West Longitude; it is about 108 Km (such as about 67,068 miles) in diameter and it was so named after (and in Honor of) Wilhelm F. Rabe, a German Astronomer (1893 – 1958).

Latitude (centered): 43,6968° South
Longitude (centered): 34,8234° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken out of an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19207) 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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