Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 27, 2015

Features of Arabia Terra (EDM)
Features of Arabia Terra (EDM)

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 December, 26th, 2002, and during its 4.582nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the large and extremely ancient - as well as highly cretered - Plains located in the Martian Region known as Arabia Terra.

Latitude (centered): 24,3566° North
Longitude (centered): 338,4360° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter falsely colored and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19217) 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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