Astronomy Picture of the Day
February 9, 2016

Features of Terra Sabaea
Features of 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 really beautiful VIS image, obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on October, 7th, 2009, during its 34.668th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, once again (after the APOD of February,m2, 2016), a small part of the (relatively) flat and poorly cratered Plains of the Martian Region known as Terra Sabaea. Even this image shows that there (obviously) are multiple Materials (---> i.e.: Minerals) which are located on the Surface of this always interesting Southern Region.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 22,6238° South
Longitude (centered): 43,2740° 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 20253) 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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