Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 9, 2015

Lava Flows near Pavonis Mons
Lava Flows near Pavonis Mons

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

In this suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on April, 12th, 2015, and during its 59.114th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a truly small portion of the impresive Lava Flows which are located near the Eastern Flank of the huge Martion Volcano known as Pavonis Mons.


Latitude (centered): 1,42017° South
Longitude (centered): 250,29700° 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 19480) 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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