Astronomy Picture of the Day
August 13, 2015

Features of Candor Chasma
Features of Candor Chasma

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

In this absolutely beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 29th, 2004, and during its 9.428th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the Martian Canyon - belonging to the Great Valles Marineris Canyon System - known as Candor Chasma (---> ChasmaAbyss).

Latitude (centered): 5,22568° South
Longitude (centered): 283,58200° 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 19748) 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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