Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 27, 2014

Features of Candor Labes
Features of Candor Labes

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

In this extremely beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on June, 10th, 2002, and during its 2.163rd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a relatively small portion of the Floor of Candor Labes (---> Labes is a Latin word used by Exogeologists to refer to - basically - Chaotic Regions, featuring (---> showing) Ridges and Steep Valleys). In the Great Valles Marineris Canyon System, all the Labes are named after the nearest Classical Albedo Feature (exx.: Coprates Labes - from Coprates Chasma -, Candor Labes - from Candor Chasma -, Ius Labes - idem -, Ophir Labes - idem - and Melas Labes - idem).

Latitude (centered): 4,82387° South
Longitude (centered): 283,29900° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter false colors and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 18992) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-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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