Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 2, 2015

White Rocky Material in Terra Cimmeria
White Rocky Material in Terra Cimmeria

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

In this simply wonderful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on November, 18th, 2003, and during its 8.130th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see an (almost: do NOT forget what lies inside the famous Pollack Crater!) unique, and extremely resistant white Rocky Material that is found on the Floor of an ancient Unnamed Impact Crater located in the Martian Region known as Terra Cimmeria.

Latitude (centered): 23,784° South
Longitude (centered): 135,545° 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 19736) 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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