Astronomy Picture of the Day
December 30, 2014

Features of Sulci Gordii
Features of Sulci Gordii

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 and fascinating VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on June, 30th, 2002, and during its 2.401st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a relatively small portion of the Martian Hilly and - partially - Chaotic and Volcanic - in origin - Region of Sulci Gordii, located to the East of the gigantic Shield Volcano (as a matter of fact, as You should know, the tallest Mountain in the whole Solar System) known as Olympus Mons.

Latitude (centered): 18,2413° North
Longitude (centered): 233,9700° 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 18997) 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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