Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 4, 2013

On the Edge of the South Polar Cap
On the Edge of the South Polar Cap

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 May, 6, 2013 and during its 50.541st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small section of the South Polar Erg (---> Sea of Sand Dunes) which is located just on the Edge of the South Polar Cap (notice that the Edge of the South Polar Cap is the bright, whitish band visible right in the middle of the frame).

Latitude (centered): 71,99° South
Longitude (centered): 143,93° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17328) has been additionally processed, magnified, contrast enhanced and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a 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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