Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 1, 2016

The Ejecta Lobes of Yuty Crater
The Ejecta Lobes of Yuty 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 truly beautiful VIS image, obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 24th, 2009, during its 35.606th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion (actually, the West-facing one) of the Pedestal as well as the Ejecta Blanket belonging to the Complex Yuty Crater.

Yuty is an Impact Crater located in the Martian Northern Region known as Chryse Planitia. The Crater is about 20 Km (such as approx. 12,42 miles) in diameter, and it is surrounded by extremely Complex Ejecta Lobes, which are, however, a distinctive characteristic of many Martian Impact Craters.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 22,0598° North
Longitude (centered): 325,4590° 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 20458) 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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