Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 5, 2015

The 'Margin' between Hale Crater and Argyre Planitia
The 'Margin' between Hale Crater and Argyre Planitia

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 (and full of chromatic contrasts) VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 10th, 2003, and during its 8.815th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see part of the ancient and dusty Plains (---> also known as "Margin") which is located between the large Hale Crater (approx. 150 by 125 Km - such as about 93,15 by 77,625 miles) and the Martian Region known as Argyre Planitia.

Latitude (centered): 37,2509° South
Longitude (centered): 323,0230° 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 19737) 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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