Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 3, 2013

Abalos Scopuli
Abalos Scopuli

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 December, 5, 2006, and during its 22.070th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a Cliff-like Surface Feature located in the North Polar Regions of Mars. Specifically, the Surface Feature visible here is known as Abalos Scopuli (where "Scopuli" means "Scarp"). Abalos Scopuli is just a (relatively) small portion (having a diameter of about 110 Km, such as approx. 68,31 miles) of the huge North Polar Scarp.

The width of this image is of approx 20 Km (such as about 12,42 miles) while its height is of approx. 70 Km (such as about 43,47 miles).

Latitude (centered): 82,708° North
Longitude (centered): 285,791° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w frame published in the Mars Odyssey THEMIS Journal with the ID n. V2070001) 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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