Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 12, 2015

A 'Slice' of Flaugergues Crater
A 'Slice' of Flaugergues 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 August, 21st, 2003, and during its 7.465th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the Rim and Floor of Flaugergues Crater.

Flaugergues Crater is an Impact Crater located in the Sinus Sabaeus Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 17° South Latitude and 340,8° West Longitude. It is about 245 Km (such as approx. 152,145 miles) in diameter and it was so named after Honoré Flaugergues, a French Astronomer, who was born on May 16, 1755, in Viviers Ardèche, and died on November 26, 1835 - or November 20, 1830 (we have, as IPF, no way to be sure about this information - at the very same location.

Latitude (centered): 18,5722° South
Longitude (centered): 19,2614° 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 19482) 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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