Astronomy Picture of the Day
May 27, 2016

Features of Boreum Cavus (EDM)
Features of Boreum Cavus (EDM)

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

In this simply beautiful and suggestive  VIS image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on February, 28th, 2016, and during its 63.205th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see a small portion of part of the Martian Sub-Region known as Boreum Cavus, which is located at the interior end of the large Martian Region known as Chasma Boreale. The Polar Layers - likely made out of Water Ice - can be easily easily identified in the upper and Eastern portions of the picture, jointly with a long and uneven (---> partly Terraced) Scarp.

Boreum Cavus is an "arcuate" Sub-Region of Mars, where the Polar Water Ice thins, and therefore reveals the orangish and Rocky Surface of Chasma Boreale.

Latitude (centered): 84,9422° North
Longitude (centered): 342,8220° 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 20618) 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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