Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 28, 2015

Bamberg and Gwash Craters
Bamberg and Gwash Craters

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 beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on October, 17th, 2004, and during its 12.607th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see small Sand Dunes located on the Floor of Bamberg Crater. On the other hand, the smaller Impact Crater visible in the bottom half of the picture is Gwash Crater.

Latitude (centered): 39,1789° North
Longitude (centered): 356,8850° 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 20078) 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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