Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 5, 2016

Unnamed and Complex Impact Craters
Unnamed and Complex Impact 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 extremely clear VIS image, obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 24th, 2009, during its 34.505th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see two large (complex - i.e.: terraced - and relatively recent - Geologically speaking) Unnamed Impact Craters and a few (actually, four) small Unnamed Impact Craters which are all located to the North of Fournier Crater.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 1,5262° South
Longitude (centered): 68,2260° 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 20252) 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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