Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 14, 2016

Features of Nepenthes Mensae
Features of Nepenthes Mensae

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

In this VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 22nd, 2016, and during its 62.582nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small part (as a matter of fact, a Chaotic portion) of Nepenthes Mensae, a sub-Region of Mars which is located along the Margin of the Martian Region known as Terra Cimmeria.


Latitude (centered): 10,8817° North
Longitude (centered): 110,7170° 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 20449) 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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