Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 29, 2014

Windstreaks in Tartarus Montes
Windstreaks in Tartarus Montes

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 February, 4th, 2014, and during its 53.874th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of a flat (and partallly cracked) area located in the Tartarus Montes Region. A long, and narrow Windstreak has formed in the Lee (---> the sheltered/protected side of a Vertical Relief; in other words, the side of the aforementioned Relief that is away/not touched from/by the Wind) of a relatively short and small Hill; however, several small and dark Impact Craters, as you can see (particularly on the lower portion of the picture), also show some visible and well-defined Windstreaks: such as, probably, the most common, as we already wrote in the past, Aeolian (---> Wind-related) Surface Feature that can be found - almost everywhere - on Mars.

Latitude (centered): 13,993° North
Longitude (centered): 168,415° 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 18133) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, 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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