Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 26, 2015

Features of Schaeberle Crater
Features of Schaeberle 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 June, 14th, 2003, and during its 6.640th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the Floor of Schaeberle Crater.

Schaeberle Crater is an Impact Crater located the Iapygia Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 24,7° South Latitude and 309,9° West Longitude. It is about 160 Km (such as approx. 99,36 miles) in diameter and it was so named after  Johann Martin Schaeberle, a German-American Astronomer (who was born in Wurttemberg - Germany - in the AD 1853, and died in Ann Arbor, Michigan - USA - in the AD 1924).

Latitude (centered): 23,7728° South
Longitude (centered): 50,4970° 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 19428) 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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