Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 22, 2015

Features of Noachis Terra
Features of Noachis Terra

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

In this suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on June, 2nd, 2003, and during its 6.504th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the dark and extremely uneven Floor of an Unnamed Impact Crater located in the Southern Hemisphere's Martian Region known as Noachis Terra.

Noachis Terra (litterally: "The Land of Noah") is an extensive (---> very large) Southern Landmass (---> Terra) found on the Red Planet. It lies to the West of the giant Hellas Impact Basin, and it is centered at 45° South Latitude and 350° East Longitude, in the Noachis Quadrangle of Mars.

Latitude (centered): 11,2333° South
Longitude (centered): 14,3990° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter falsely colored and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19408) 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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