Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 29, 2012

Starry Sky over Utopia Planitia
Starry Sky over Utopia Planitia

Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech/USGS - Viking Lander 2 Mission - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Marco Faccin/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

The Sun has already set, but the lower Horizon visible from the Landing Site of the NASA - Viking 2 Spacecraft, still shines very bright, with white, orange and blueish hues. But the Night - a beautiful starry night - is already dominating most of the Sky above Utopia Planitia. This picture, as you will eventually notice, is an image-composite, where the lower portion of the frame is an Original - NASA Viking Lander 2 image, while the upper portion of the picture (such as the starry Sky) has been added to it, just to give to our Readers an idea (a realistic idea, we believe) of how the Horizon and Sky of Mars, right after Sunset, could actually appear to a human. We hope that you may appreciate our effort...

This frame, which is an Original NASA - Viking Lander 2 b/w frame identified by the frame n. vl2-22b107, has been additionally processed and then colorized in Natural Colors (such as the colors that a perfect human eye - or an electronic eye - would actually perceive if someone were on the Surface of Mars, near the NASA - Viking Lander 2, and then looked towards the Horizon of and the Sky above Utopia Planitia), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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