Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 17, 2014

Features of Tempe Terra
Features of Tempe Terra

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, 5th, 2014, and during its 54.219th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the Eastern Margin of the Martian Region known as Tempe Terra, where numerous Unnamed Outflow Channels can be found. In this picture, if you look at it carefully, you will be able to see an interesting and unusually-looking Craters' Cluster (approx. 13 small Impact Craters, very close to one another and showing different levels of degradation, are visible - look at the lower Right - Dx - center of the frame) and a white-colored, medium-sized Outcrop (lower center of the frame), surrounded by small, low and curvilinear Ridges whose origin is (so far) unknown.

Latitude (centered): 35,3128° North
Longitude (centered): 305,1220° 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 18251) 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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