Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 2, 2016

Mineral diversity in Terra Sabaea
Mineral diversity in Terra Sabaea

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

In this truly nice VIS image, obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on September, 10th, 2009, during its 34.331st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see part of the (relatively) flat and poorly cratered Plains of the Martian Region known as Terra Sabaea. This image shows that there (obviously) are multiple Materials (---> i.e.: Minerals) which are located on the Surface of this interesting Southern Region.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 23,8780° South
Longitude (centered): 44,2967° 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 20249) 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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