Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 18, 2015

Channels in Terra Cimmeria
Channels in Terra Cimmeria

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 February, 16th, 2015 and during its 58.450th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the Martian Region known as Terra Cimmeria (actually poorly cratered) that shows us (in the central portion of the frame) two relatively small Channels intersecting each other (---> in fact, joining together) and then becoming one larger Channel.

Latitude (centered): 42,1886° South
Longitude (centered): 165,1420° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19281) has been additionally processed, magnified, contrast enhanced 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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