Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 10, 2015

Mesas, Ridges and Buttes in Aureum Chaos
Mesas, Ridges and Buttes in Aureum Chaos

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

In this nice and fascinating VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on April, 29th, 2004, and during its 10.537th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see (once again, after the APOD of August 14, 2015) another little portion of the Chaotic Region known as Aureum Chaos.

Latitude (centered): 3,64083° South
Longitude (centered): 332,87000° 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 19770) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-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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