Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 1, 2013

Lava Channel in the Tharsis Plains
Lava Channel in the Tharsis Plains

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 October, 8th, 2013, and during its 52.423rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a Channel - in the bottom part of the frame - that was created by a powerful Lava Flow rather than a Water Flow. This Surface Feature is located in the Tharsis Plains, to the East of Olympus Mons.

Latitude (centered): 20,9613° North
Longitude (centered): 240,1400° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17711) 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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