Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 5, 2016

Unnamed Channels in Terra Sabaea
Unnamed Channels in Terra Sabaea

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

In this truly clear VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 30th, 2015, and during its 62.297th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see the area where several (and extremely ancient, as far cas we can see) Unnamed (and, perhaps, Outflow) Channels join together. These Channels are all located in the Martian Region known as Terra Sabaea.


Just out of curiosity, a nice-looking and slightly curved Impact Craters' Chain can be seen in the upper right (Dx) quadrant of the frame.


Latitude (centered): 40,0084° North
Longitude (centered): 50,3626° 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 20419) 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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