Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 11, 2015

Features of Coprates Chasma
Features of Coprates Chasma

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 May, 14th, 2004, and during its 10.713th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, once again, another little portion of the Martian Region known as Coprates Chasma. Coprates Chasma is a huge and (relatively) flat-floored Canyon, located in in the Coprates Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 13,4° South Latitude and 61,4° West Longitude; it is part, as you should already know, of the Great Valles Marineris Canyon System and it is approx. 966 Km (such as about 599,886 miles) long.

Coprates Chasma was so named after a so-called "Classical Albedo Feature".

Latitude (centered): 12,6203° South
Longitude (centered): 294,6630° 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 19771) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-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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