Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 26, 2015

Features of Solis Planum
Features of Solis 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 interesting VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on October, 14th, 2003, and during its 8.130th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small part of the Martian Region known as Solis Planum.

A large, relatively fresh (Geologically speaking) and extremely round and well-preserved Unnamed Impact Crater - with a significant (in terms of dimensions) unevenly-shaped Dunefield inside it - dominates the Eastern upper portion of the scene. Furthermore, a few (and really small, but still fresh) Impact Craters can also be spotted all over the area and, in particular, in the Southern portion of the frame, in the proximities of a small Surface Relief.

Latitude (centered): 28,4509° South
Longitude (centered): 279,7010° 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 19726) 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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