Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 7, 2015

Features of Gusev Crater
Features of Gusev 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 July, 11th, 2004, and during its 11.416th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a very small portion of the "famous" and - relatively - well known Gusev Crater. This image looks at the Mars Exploration Rover - A Spirit Lander "Ground Zero".

Latitude (centered): 14,5817° South
Longitude (centered): 175,1920° 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 19790) 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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