Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 28, 2014

Aeolian Features in the Northern Plains
Aeolian Features in the Northern Plains

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, 14th, 2014, and during its 54.706th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a very small portion of the Martian Region named Vastitas Borealis (home of the NASA - Phoenix Lander and also known as "The Northern Plains") that shows hundreds of Dust Devil Tracks (a very common Aeolian - meaning Wind-caused/related - Surface Features of Mars).

Latitude (centered): 62,5081° North
Longitude (centered): 310,5780° 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 18493) 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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