Astronomy Picture of the Day
January 30, 2014

Features of Alba Fossae
Features of Alba Fossae

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, 21st, 2013, and during its 53.322nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a portion of Alba Fossae, a Volcanic Region located on the North/Western Margin of the huge Volcano Alba Mons. Small Channels and a few, isolated and - relatively speaking - recent Impact Craters (with one, the biggest in the scene, that shows a largely decayed Pedestal and a small Dunefield on its Floor) are also visible.

Latitude (centered): 45,289° North
Longitude (centered): 247,241° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 17890) 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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