Astronomy Picture of the Day
October 20, 2014

Volcanic Features South/West of Arsia Mons
Volcanic Features South/West of Arsia 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 September, 5th, 2014, and during its 56.463rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small part of the Complex System of Lava Flows, Channels, Fissures and other Volcanic Features which are located near the huge Shield Volcano known as Arsia Mons. Just as usual, only a very little number of (always relatively speaking) fresh and small Impact Craters can be seen all over the scene.

Latitude (centered): 15,7627° South
Longitude (centered): 234,4840° 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 18751) 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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