Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 28, 2015

Capri Chasma and Capri Mensa (partial view)
Capri Chasma and Capri Mensa (partial view)

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

In this truly fascinating VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on November, 11h, 2003, and during its 8.466th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (relatively) small part of the flat and reddish Capri Mensa (at the bottom of the image) as well as a (still relatively) small portion (bright gray-colored) of Capri Chasma (on top of the image).

Latitude (centered): 13,3596° South
Longitude (centered): 312,4690° 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 19735) 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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