Astronomy Picture of the Day
June 21, 2016

Features of Daedalia Planum (CTX Frame)
Features of Daedalia Planum (CTX Frame)

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

In this absolutely marvelous VIS Contextual Image (or "CTX" frame), taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on April, 17th, 2016, and during its 63.626th orbit around the Red Planet, we can see (a small section) of the Volcanic Region known as Daedalia Planum. The Volcanic Flows of Daedalia Planum - truly well visible here - originated from the huge Martian Volcano (perhaps still partially/residually active, in our humble, but well substantiated and informed opinion, as IPF) known as Arsia Mons. The powerful Aeolian Action which acted on the Flows can also be very easily noticed.

Latitude (centered): 7,39667° South
Longitude (centered): 226,06200° 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 20635) 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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