Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 26, 2014

Features of Northern Arabia Terra
Features of Northern Arabia 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, 11th, 2014, and during its 54.291st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see - among other interesting and extremely old Surface Features (icluding several Impact Craters - all in different stages of degradation - and a possible Paleo-Lake, visible on the Left - Sx - side, near the center of the frame) - a few Unnamed Channels intersecting one another and located in the Northern Portion of the Martian Region known as Arabia Terra.

Latitude (centered): 38,2988° North
Longitude (centered): 29,8555° 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 18259) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, 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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