Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 11, 2014

Volcanic Features South of Alba Mons
Volcanic Features South of Alba Mons

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 the same day and orbit number of the one that we published yesterday - such as April, 2nd, 2014, and during its 54.558th orbit around the Red Planet - we can see a few interesting Volcanic Surface Features (in particular, relatively flat Lava Flows, deep and steep-Walled Fissures and, last but not least, several oval-shaped Surface Depressions which we believe are quite deep Collapse Pits) that are all located to the South of the large Martian Volcano (probably - and at least in our humble opinion, as IPF - the only one which is still partially - better yet: residually - active) known as Alba Mons.

Latitude (centered): 27,8780° North
Longitude (centered): 250,4220° 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 18481) 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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