Astronomy Picture of the Day
March 3, 2016

Features of Nilus Chaos
Features of Nilus Chaos

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

In this suggestive VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on December, 29th, 2015, and during its 62.289th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see an a (truly) small portion of the Martian Region known as Nilus Chaos. Located to the North of the Kasei Valles System, this Chaotic Region formed (approximately) at the Elevation Boundary between the aforementioned Kasei Valles System and the surrounding (and relatively flat) Northern Plains.

Latitude (centered): 25,7934° North
Longitude (centered): 283,4270° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20417) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then 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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