Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 21, 2015

Collapse Pit
Collapse Pit

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

In this truly suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 13th, 2003, and during its 7.755th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see the Central (Collapse) Pit of an Unnamed Impact Crater located toward the South of the huge Coprates Catena. The Central Collapse Pit, as far as we can say, as IPF, just by looking at this single frame, should be (of course always relatively speaking, in terms of time) quite young (---> of a relatively recent formation, which should/might have occurred way after the formation of the Impact Crater where the aforementioned Collapse Pit lays in. As a matter of fact, the lack of Dust in and around the Collapse Pit is a possible - and believable - evidence which could support this hypothesis).

Latitude (centered): 15,6006° South
Longitude (centered): 296,3320° 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 19573) 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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