Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 14, 2013

Features of Gorgonum Chaos
Features of Gorgonum Chaos

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 November, 24, 2012, and during its 50.827th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see several deep Fractures and Canyons hat cross through the huge Rocky Blocks that form the Martian Region known as Gorgonum Chaos (a Region located in the Phaethontis Quadrangle which lies between 30° and 65° South Latitude and between 120° and 180° West Longitude).

Latitude (centered): 38,112° South
Longitude (centered): 188,825° 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 17336) 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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