Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 9, 2014

Streamlined Island in Kasei Valles
Streamlined Island in Kasei Valles

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 April, 1st, 2014, and during its 54.556th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see that there are several (but quite small and yet very well defined), so-called, "Streamlined Islands" in the Northern Portion of this section of the Kasei Valles Outflow Channel System. In particular, this image is located near the Area where the Kasei Valles Outflow Channel System empties into the Martian Region known as Chryse Planitia (and, as far as we know, not that far from the area where the NASA - Viking 1 landed, on July 20 of the AD 1976).

Latitude (centered): 25,0252° North
Longitude (centered): 307,6030° 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 18268) 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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