Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 6, 2016

Plains to the N/W of Argyre Basin
Plains to the N/W of Argyre Basin

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 beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on February, 16th, 2010, and during its 36.269th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see multiple (and deeply different) Textures of the Plains located to the North/West of the huge Argyre Basin.

Latitude (centered): 38,6681° South
Longitude (centered): 300,7560° 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 20596) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, extra-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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