Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 17, 2016

Summer near the North Polar Cap of Mars
Summer near the North Polar Cap of Mars

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 beautiful and highly suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on February, 24th, 2016, and during its 62.982nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see the Scarp-Face of the North Polar Cap, in a place located near the Martian Sub-Region known as Abalos Mensa. The top part of the image shows the North Polar Cap itself and this specific frame was collected during the Martian Northern Hemisphere Summer.


Latitude (centered): 82,6918° North
Longitude (centered): 286,2400° East
Instrument: VIS


This image (which is a crop obtained from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20599) 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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