Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 21, 2013

Features of Aonia Terra
Features of Aonia Terra

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 June, 19, 2013, and during its 51.073rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a number of Valleys (---> Outflow Channels that, most likely, were carved, eons ago, by liquid Water and that now are just dry Riverbeds) which dissect the Southern Hemisphere's Martian Region known as Aonia Terra.

Latitude (centered): 48,949° South
Longitude (centered): 294,943° 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 17343) 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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