Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 29, 2014

Unnamed Channels in Terra Cimmeria
Unnamed Channels in Terra Cimmeria

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 September, 5th, 2014, and during its 56.453rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see an intricated network of Unnamed (and highly degraded) Channels and Impact Craters (of various size and shape) which are all located in the Martian Region known as Terra Cimmeria (a large Region, centered at 34° 42' South Latitude and 145° 00' East Longitude, and covering approx. 5.400 Km - such as about 3353,4 miles - at its broadest extent). Terra Cimmeria, as you know, is just one portion of the ancient and extremely heavily cratered Southern Highlands of Mars.

Latitude (centered): 40,8943° South
Longitude (centered): 166,7200° 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 18719) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized in slightly enhanced Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a very sharp 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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