Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 10, 2015

The Ejecta-Blanket of Bacolor Crater
The Ejecta-Blanket of Bacolor 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 August, 21st, 2015, and during its 60.710th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small part of the huge - and truly peculiar and interesting - unusually-shaped Ejecta-Blanket of the (relatively small) Bacolor Crater, an old Impact Crater that is found in the Casius Quadrangle of Mars, and centered at 33,0° North Latitude, and 241,4° West Longitude).

Bacolor Crater is about 20,8 Km (such as approx. 12,9168 miles) in diameter and it was so named after a town in the Philippines; to be more specific, Bacolor Crater is located in the Martian Region of Utopia Planitia. The aforementioned Ejecta-Blanket is heavily Layered (and this circumstance is, perhaps, due to powerful Aeolian Actions) and Grooved. Please notice that these Surface Features are all radial to the Impact Crater itself.

Latitude (centered): 33,4786° North
Longitude (centered): 118,4080° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20088) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then 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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