Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 10, 2015

Dusty Clouds over Argyre Planitia
Dusty Clouds over Argyre Planitia

Credits: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona - Credits for the additional process. and color.: Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF

In this really interesting image, taken by the NASA - Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter on March, 29th, 2015, at 14:25 (such as during the Martian Early Afternoon), we can (barely) see some Sinuous Ridges located in the Martian Region known as Argyre Planitia; the frame was acquired to complete a stereo pair of the aforementioned Sinuous Ridges but, unfortunately, several (and relatively thick) Dust (and, maybe, thin Water-Ice) Clouds kicked up, obscuring most of the imaged Surface.

Latitude (centered): 55,841° South
Longitude (centered): 318,222° East 

This image (which is an Original Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter b/w and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19459) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - Mars Reconnaissance 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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