Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 29, 2013

Shadows in Candor Chasma
Shadows in Candor Chasma

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, 18th, 2013, and during its 52.547th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see several interesting Surface Features, as well as a few shadows cast by the high Walls and Hills that are located within the huge Canyon known as Candor Chasma.

The NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter is passing over the Surface of Mars at a Local Time which is near 17:00. The Sun is already quite close to the Martian Western Horizon and therefore some fascinating dark shadows are being created by the tallest Topographic Surface Features existing on this specific area.

Latitude (centered): 6,778° South
Longitude (centered): 290,464° 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 17718) 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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