Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 4, 2014

Features of the Eastern Margin of Olympus Mons
Features of the Eastern Margin of Olympus 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 August, 3rd, 2014, and during its 56.051st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see several Lava Flows and Channels which are located on the Eastern Margin of the huge Martian Shield-Volcano known as Olympus Mons. Just out of curiosity, even in this area of Tharsis, the amount of Impact Craters appears to be extremely low.

Latitude (centered): 20,1784° North
Longitude (centered): 232,3310°
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 18696) 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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