Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 8, 2014

Lava Flows in Solis Planum
Lava Flows in Solis Planum

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, 16th, 2014, and during its 56.587th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (really small) portion of the huge Lava Flows which characterize this Volcanic Region known as Solis Planum (a quite large and relatively high Volcanic Plateau located in the Phoenicis Lacus, Coprates and Thaumasia Quadrangles of Mars, to the South/East of the Tharsis Bulge. It is about 1.700 Km - such as approx. 1.055,7 miles - across and it is centered at 25,2° South Latitude and 273,5° East Longitude).

Latitude (centered): 20,2853° South
Longitude (centered): 258,6100° 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 18940) 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 normal 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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