Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 15, 2016

Features of Tenuis Rupes
Features of Tenuis Rupes

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

In this totally beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on February, 28th, 2016, and during its 63.024th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the North Polar Scarp (known as "Tenuis Rupes"), which bisects the image. The North Polar Cap is on the left (Sx) side of the image, with the lower elevation to the right (Dx) side. In this part of the Scarp, the Layering of the Polar Ice is easily identifiable (look at the right - Dx - lower portion of the frame).

Latitude (centered): 81,9988° North
Longitude (centered): 288,9820° 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 20607) 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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