Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 21, 2015

Features of Margaritifer Terra
Features of Margaritifer Terra

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

In this VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on October, 18th, 2003, and during its 8.178th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a few interesting Surface Features (mostly Collapse Pits - look at the right (Dx) upper side of the frame -, the end (or the beginning, we cannot say for sure) of a Collapse Channel, Ridges, small Hills and one - for sure - Unnamed Impact Crater) which are all located in the Martian Region known as Margaritifer Terra - and, specifically, near the Sub-Region known as Margaritifer Chaos.

Latitude (centered): 9,75044° South
Longitude (centered): 338,01700° 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 19729) 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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