Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 23, 2014

Martian Chaos
Martian Chaos

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, 7th, 2014, and during its 54.252nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of a so-called "Chaotic Area" that is located on the Margin of the Martian Region knwen as Terra Sabaea: a Region which hosts several areas of Chaos (just like this one) inside it.

As you should already know, those Regions that are mostly covered by huge and often smooth on their sides (Hill-like) Rocky Blocks, highly degraded Impact Crater Clusters and Canyons, (heavily) fractured Mesas, Fissures and, sometime, extremely irregular (---> very sinuous/zigzagging) Channels, are usually termed, in Planetary Science, as "Chaoses" (or "Chaotic Regions" tout-court).

Latitude (centered): 41,0061° North
Longitude (centered): 74,7617° 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 18256) 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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