Astronomy Picture of the Day
September 28, 2015

Tartarus Dorsa (EDM)
Tartarus Dorsa (EDM)

Credits: NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute and Dr Paolo C. Fienga/LXTT/IPF for the additional process. and color.

Today's picture is an Extra Detail Magnification (or "EDM", for short) of yesterday's deeply suggestive Contextual Image of the Dwarf Planet Pluto, taken by the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft on July, 14,2015; here, we we can better see the rounded and bizarrely textured Mountains - so far informally named "Tartarus Dorsa" - which rise up along Pluto's Terminator Line and show intricate and puzzling patterns of pale blue-gray Ridges with orangish (and unknown, perhaps Sandy or Dusty) Material in between.

The Original view, was roughly 330 miles (such as about 531,0822 Km) across, and combined - still in its Original Version - blue, red and InfraRed images which were all taken by the Ralph/Multispectral Visual Imaging Camera (or "MVIC", for short) located onboard the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft, and resolves Surface Details and Colors on scales as small as approx. 0,8 miles (such as about 1,2874 Km) per Picture Element (---> pixel).

The image (which is a crop taken from an Original NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft's falsely colored and NON Map-Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. 19957) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then re-colorized (according to an educated guess carried out by Dr Paolo C. Fienga-LXTT-IPF) in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a normal human eye would actually perceive if someone were onboard the NASA - New Horizons Spacecraft and then looked outside, towards the Dwarf-Planet Pluto), by using an original technique created - and, in time, dramatically improved - by the Lunar Explorer Italia Team.

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