Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 8, 2015

The Central Peak of Martz Crater
The Central Peak of Martz 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 January, 1st, 2015, and during its 58.251st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see numerous Gullies on the Complex and highly irregular Central Peak of Martz Crater.

Martz Crater is an Impact Crater located in the Eridania Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 35,3° South Latitude and 215,9° West Longitude. It is approx. 97 Km (such as about 60,237 miles) in diameter and it was so named after Edwin P. Martz (1916 - 1967), an American Physicist and Astronomer.

Latitude (centered): 35,0012° South
Longitude (centered): 144,266° 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 19270) 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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