Astronomy Picture of the Day
November 4, 2015

Escorial's Mesa
Escorial's Mesa

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

In this really beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on Juanuary, 14th, 2005, and during its 13.688th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a (truly small) portion of the Mesa (---> an isolated Flat-topped Hill, usually with steep sides, found in Landscapes characterized by the presence of horizontal Strata) where (the very little known Impact Crater named) Escorial Crater is located on.

This Mesa is very interesting because, among other things, it has really (actually, exstremely) steep Margins (---> Edges), and (some) part of them is well shown in this Absolute Natural Colors frame.

Latitude (centered): 77,0149° North
Longitude (centered): 303,0510° 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 20083) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-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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