Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 12, 2013

Volcanic Flows
Volcanic Flows

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, 12, 2013, and during its 50.613rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of some of the extremely extensive Volcanic Flows located in the Martian Region known as Daedalia Planum. Remember that, as we wrote a few days ago (please, refer to the APOD of August, 9th, 2013), the most modern imagery of Mars suggests that Daedalia Planum should be called as a "Fluctus" - such as, as we can really well see in today's APODa Terrain covered by ancient Volcanic Outflows - rather than a "Planum" - such as a flat Terrain that, eons ago, might have been covered by a Sea or a Lake, probably with shallow Waters.

Latitude (centered): 21,169° South
Longitude (centered): 240,671° 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 17332) has been additionally processed, magnified, contrast enhanced, Gamma corrected 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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