Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 14, 2015

A small Hill in Daedalia Planum
A small Hill in Daedalia Planum

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

This suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on August, 6th, 2003, and during its 7.283rd orbit around the Red Planet, shows us a small Highland (actually, a small and highly irregularly-shaped Hill-like Surface Feature) that is completely surrounded by the gray Lava Flows which cover the Volcanic Martian Region known as Daedalia Planum.

Latitude (centered): 27,9862° South
Longitude (centered): 226,5320° 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 19460) 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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