Astronomy Picture of the Day
April 13, 2016

Volcanic Features?
Volcanic Features?

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

In this nice VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 22nd, 2016, and during its 62.581st orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, besides a relatively large Unnamed Impact Crater, some Linear Surface Features (---> Channels, in fact) which are located to the West of the large Martian Volcano known as Elysium Mons.

It is very likely that Volcanic Activities played a part in the formation of the abovementioned Linear Features, but it is also possible, according to Planetary Scientists, that powerful Tectonic Forces were involved as well. However, and just for now.... Who could say that for sure???

Latitude (centered): 25,0021° North
Longitude (centered): 137,6130° 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 20448) 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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