Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 16, 2016

Features of Abalos Undae and the Nort Polar Cap
Features of Abalos Undae and the Nort Polar Cap

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

In this new and, once again, extremely beautiful VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on February, 28th, 2016, and during its 63.007th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of the North Polar Scarp, with the North Polar Cap that is located toward the upper left (Sx) corne of the framer. Trending from the lower left (Sx) corner to the center of the image are clearly visible the dark/gray Dunes of Abalos Undae.

Latitude (centered): 82,3442° North
Longitude (centered): 283,6130° East
Instrument: VIS

This image (which is a crop obtained from an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20606) 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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