Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 15, 2015

Springtime at the South Pole
Springtime at the South Pole

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

In this beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on August, 7th, 2003, and during its 7.298th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the peculiar Surface of the South Polar Cap during the Martian Southern Springtime. A few areas of the South Polar Cap where the Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Ice has already sublimed can be easily seen on the left (Sx) side (West) of the picture.

Latitude (centered): 82,1416° South
Longitude (centered): 128,0530° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop taken out from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter falsely colored and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19461) 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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