Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 28, 2016

Features of Nili Fossae
Features of Nili Fossae

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 VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 29th, 2009, and during its 35.677th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see (once again) a small portion - characterized by the presnce of only a few Unnamed Impact Craters - of the Martian Region known as Nili Fossae.


Latitude (centered): 21,6179° North
Longitude (centered): 77,2715° 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 20459) 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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