Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 2, 2016

Features of Perea Cavus
Features of Perea Cavus

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

In this highly suggestive VIS image, obtained by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on January, 5th, 2009, during its 35.752nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a relatively small portion part of the Martian Sub-Region known as Peraea Cavus: an Impact Basin located to the East of Hadriacus Mons (an ancient and low Volcanic Mountain that is located in the Southern Hemisphere of Mars, just to the North/East of the Hellas Impact Basin and to the South/West of the - similar - Tyrrhenus Mons).

This Martian Sub-Region should be relatively young (Geologically speaking), because of - as you can well see here - the lack (as a matter of fact, the presence of a minimum amount) of (Unnamed) and quite small Impact Craters.

Latitude (centered at approx.): 29,8818° South
Longitude (centered): 95,3479 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 20594) 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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