Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 23, 2013

Residual Waters in Yellowknife Bay
Residual Waters in Yellowknife Bay

Credits: NASA/JPL - MER Curiosity - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Marco Faccin/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

Dear Friends of the Italian Planetary Foundation, Dear Readers,

today's APOD is a brand new "Martian Fantasy" that was created with the aim of giving you an idea of how it could have looked like the (now completely dry and dusty) area of Gale Crater, known as "Yellowknife Bay", at a certain time of the Martian History: a time, specifically, when some Residual Waters were still present over this Region. Likely, a VERY long time ago...

The Martian Landscape that has been used to create this Fantasy, is an Original b/w image-mosaic obtained by the NASA - Mars Exploration Rover/Mars Laboratory "Curiosity" during its 137th Sol (---> Martian Day) of exploration of Gale Crater; the image-mosaic, afterwards, has been additionally processed and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors, always by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team. Finally, the "Bubbly" Residual Waters and the thin Layer of "Fog" that is well visible all around, have both been "superimposed" over the Landscape through a program of computer simulation.

We hope that you might enjoy our efforts...

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