Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 29, 2014

Low Altitude Clouds
Low Altitude Clouds

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 October, 10th, 2014, and during its 56.831st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see an extremely interesting low-altitude Cloud-like Formation, probably mostly made of fine particles of Dust, Atmospherical Particulate (---> such as microscopic solid or liquid matter that is light enough to remain suspended in the Martian Atmosphere) and Water Ice, filling - almost entirely - this Unnamed Impact Crater found in a Region located between Malea Planum and Hellas Planitia.

Latitude (centered): 58,2605° South
Longitude (centered): 67,9008° 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 18960) 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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