Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 8, 2013


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 August 8th, 2013, and during its 51.684th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see several huge Landslides which occurred on a very steep Cliff Face of a Canyon belonging to the Great Valles Marineris Canyon System.

Latitude (centered): 6,499° South
Longitude (centered): 328,126° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17511) 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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