Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 18, 2015

Features of the Floor of Huygens Crater
Features of the Floor of Huygens 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 beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 7th, 2003, and during its 7.606th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, a small portion of the Floor, of Huygens Crater. Huygens Crater is approx. 456 Km (such as about 283,186 miles) in diameter and it is centered at 304,4° West Longitude and 14,0° South Latitude, in the Iapygia Quadrangle of Mars.

Latitude (centered): 16,4613° South
Longitude (centered): 54,4767° 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 19488) 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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