Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 14, 2014

Inca City, once again!
Inca City, once again!

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

Even in this beautiful and fascinating VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 23rd, 2014, and during its 56.674th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, just like in the APOD of November, 12, 2014, several Intersecting Ridges which are a small part of a Martian South Polar Region known as Angustus Labyrinthus, and that is also informally called (and, probably, better known as) "Inca City".

Latitude (centered): 81,3203° South
Longitude (centered): 294,6520° 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 18947) 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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