Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 9, 2016

Features of Terra Cimmeria
Features of Terra Cimmeria

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

In this VIS Contextual Image (or "CTX" frame), taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on April, 8th, 2016, and during its 63.517th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see (a small section of) one of the many Unnamed (Outflow?) Channels located in the Northern Portion of the Martian Region known as Terra Cimmeria. These kind of Channels are (---> were) draining (---> possibly Water and soft Mud) from the Highlands to the lower elevations of the other - and famous - Martian Region known as Elysium Planitia.

Latitude (centered): 6,83915° South
Longitude (centered): 131,50100° East
Instrument: VIS

This picture (which is an Original Mars Odyssey Orbiter b/w and Map Projected frame published on the NASA - Planetary Photojournal with the ID n. PIA 20628) 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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