Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 27, 2016

Foggy View of Gale Crater
Foggy View of Gale 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 kind of "foggy" VIS image (however, the presence of Fog inside Gale Crater is NOT an unusual event), obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on May, 18th, 2006, and during its 19.628th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small part of the Floor of the aforementioned Gale Crater, such as the "home" of the NASA - Mars Curiosity Rover and Laboratory. The location of the Rover, now, is to the North of this image.

The brown/gray Features visible on the upper left (Sx) of the frame are Dunes; on the other hand, the bright Material visible on the upper right (Dx) of the image is part of the large Central Deposit of Materials which is the goal (---> the destination) of the Rover. Last, but not least, the Channel located at the bottom of the frame dissects the Crater's Inner and Outer Rim.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 5,41839° South
Longitude (centered): 137,08600° 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 20245) 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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