Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 25, 2015

Lava Flows
Lava Flows

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

In this interesting and truly suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on June, 22nd, 2003, and during its 6.745th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a huge Lava Flow - coming from the Martian Region known as Solis Planum - which has has entered (---> flowed/filled) into an Unnamed Impact Crater. Quite a few Cracks of the Surface - caused by the cooling of the Lava - are also very well visible here.

Latitude (centered): 29,5791° South
Longitude (centered): 261,5820° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter falsely colored and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19429) 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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