Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 20, 2015

More Flows in Daedalia Planum
More Flows 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

In this nice VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on March, 27th, 2015, and during its 58.928th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, once again, a small portion of the extensive Flow-Fields which cover (almost entirely) the Volcanic Martian Region known as Daedalia Planum.

As you can see, only one - and relatively recent (of course metaphorically and Geologically speaking) - medium-sized Unnamed Impact Crater can be seen towards the lower right (Dx) corner of the frame. However, if you pay special attention to the details of the picture, you may also be able to spot a a few more small and extremely ancient Impact Craters, here and there, near and in-between the Main Lava Flows.

Latitude (centered): 16,8846° South
Longitude (centered): 242,1470° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 19465) 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 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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