Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 8, 2015

The Flows of Daedalia Planum
The Flows of Daedalia Planum

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

In this spectacular VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on March, 8th, 2015, and during its 58.691st orbit around the Red Planet, you can see a small portion of the huge Lava flows that comprise the Martian Region known as Daedalia Planum.


These Flows, in particular, originated from the large Martian Volcano (probably, in our humble opinion, as IPF, still partially - or, better yet, residually - active) known as Arsia Mons.


Latitude (centered): 24,3187° South
Longitude (centered): 237,7600° 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 19451) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, 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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