Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 15, 2014

North Polar Ice Layers
North Polar Ice Layers

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 March, 3rd, 2014, and during its 54.206th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the so-called North Polar Layered Deposits (or "NPLD", for short), which - according to the data collected so far and duly examined by Planetary Scientists - are (mostly) made of Water-Ice.

Latitude (centered): 79,8759° North
Longitude (centered): 339,4930° 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 18240) 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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