Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 17, 2014

Features of Gigas Sulci
Features of Gigas Sulci

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, 11th, 2014, and during its 56.151st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a very small section of an Area belonging to the Region known as Gigas Sulci (a Region characterized by the presence of many subparallel Furrows - long and narrow trenches - and Ridges) which is located in the Tharsis Quadrangle of Mars. Gigas Sulci is approx. 398 Km (such as about 247,158 miles) across and it was so named after a so-called "Classical Albedo Feature".

Latitude (centered): 8,5008° North
Longitude (centered): 230,0990° 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 18711) 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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