Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 1, 2014

Dust Devil Tracks and Impact Craters in Utopia Planitia
Dust Devil Tracks and Impact Craters in Utopia Planitia

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, 25th, 2014, and during its 54.464th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a very large number of Dust Devil Tracks (one of the most common Aeolian - such as "Wind-related/caused" - Surface Features of Mars) that are located in the Northern Region of Utopia Planitia.

A few Unnamed Impact Craters - of different size, color, with and without "Pedestal", and all at deeply different Stages of Degradation - are also visible all over the scene.

Latitude (centered): 54,2732° North
Longitude (centered): 85,5458° 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 18263) 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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