Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 6, 2014

Features of the Eastern Flank of Olympus Mons
Features of the Eastern Flank 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, 9th, 2014, and during its 56.126th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the massive Lava Flows which are located on the Eastern Flank of the gigantic Shield-Volcano known as Olympus Mons. Just as usual for this Martian Volcanic Region, only a few (probably 18 - eighteen -, we think, as IPF), mostly small, with some medium-sized, and all relatively fresh Impact Craters are visible (if you do pay special attention to the very smallest details of the frame, of course).

Latitude (centered): 16,5299° North
Longitude (centered): 230,0210°
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 18702) 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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