Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 26, 2016

Steinheim Crater (EDM)
Steinheim Crater (EDM)

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

In this really nice Extra Detail Magnifition ("EDM") obtained from yesterday's Contextual Image (or "CTX" frame) VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on March, 3rd, 2016, and during its 63.078th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see - in great detail - the Relatively Complex Steinheim Crater, which is located in the Martian Region known as Arcadia Planitia.

This is, according to NASA's Planetary Scientists, a relatively pristine (---> recent) Impact Crater with an eroded Central Peak, well-defined Gullies amost everywhere on its Inner Rim, Terraces, a very well visible (at least) Double (---> better yet: multiple) Layer Ejecta Blanket (---> a.k.a. Pedestal) and a minimally (but we, as IPF, humbly do not agree with this interpretation) modified Floor.

Latitude (centered): 54,5451° North
Longitude (centered): 190,5810° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop obtained from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20616) 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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