Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 30, 2014

Approaching Kasei's Terminus
Approaching Kasei's Terminus

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, 22nd, 2014, and during its 54.094th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see - among several other interesting Surface Features - a thin and sinuous Channel and a few Tributaries, both large and small, which are all part of the Kasei Valles Channels' System, near its terminus (---> end), that is found in the Martian Region of Chryse Planitia.

The Kasei Valles Channels' System is a giant System of Canyons located in the Mare Acidalium and the Lunae Palus Quadrangles of Mars, at approx. 24,6° North Latitude and 65,0° West Longitude. The whole System is about 1.780 Km - such as approx. 1105,37 miles - long; it was so named after the word for "Mars" in Japanese and it is one of the largest Outflow Channels' System of the entire Red Planet,

Latitude (centered): 25,2367° North
Longitude (centered): 307,4200° 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 18220) 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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