Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 24, 2015

A slice of Ostrov Crater
A slice of Ostrov 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 VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 27th, 2003, and during its 7.916th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of both the highly degraded Inner and Outer Rim, the Floor, the Flows (look at the left - Sx - side of the frame) and the really unusually-looking Complex Central Peak of the ancient Martian Ostrov Crater (which is centered at 26,8° South Latitude and 28,2° West Longitude and that it was so named in the AD 1976 after a Russian City).

Latitude (centered): 26,8379° South
Longitude (centered): 331,8870° 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 19493) 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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