Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 12, 2014

Inca City
Inca City

Credits: NASA/JPL/Arizona State University (ASU) - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/Lunar Explorer Italia/IPF

In this beautiful and fascinating VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 19th, 2014, and during its 56.624th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see several Intersecting Ridges which are a small part of a Martian Region known as Angustus Labyrinthus, and that is also informally called (and, probably, better known as) "Inca City".

Latitude (centered): 81,4795° South
Longitude (centered): 297,2950° 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 18942) 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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