Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 19, 2015

Features of Cavi Angusti
Features of Cavi Angusti

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, 18th, 2015 and during its 58.476th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see Layering (---> better yet: South Polar Layered Deposits - or SPLD, for short) as well as Linear Ridges that are both located in the Martian Region known as Cavi Angusti (which, by the way, is very close to the South Polar Permanent Cap).

As you can easily notice, the Surface visible here is (obviously, always relatively speaking) extremely recent, and the proof of that is in the absence of any form of Cratering.

Latitude (centered): 80,6467° South
Longitude (centered): 296,9270° East
Instrument: VIS

This frame (which is a crop taken from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19407) 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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