Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 14, 2015

Dark Dunefield in Noachis Terra
Dark Dunefield in Noachis Terra

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

In this beautiful and truly suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 29th, 2015, we can see a large (and, somehow, unusually-looking and possibly migrating) Dark Dunefield located in the Martian Region known as Noachis Terra


Latitude (centered): 52,2059° South
Longitude (centered): 33,3640° 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 19234) 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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