Astronomy Picture of the Day
July 24, 2014

Channel in Coloe Fossae
Channel in Coloe Fossae

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 image, taken by the NASA - Mars Odyssey Orbiter on April, 26th, 2014, and during its 54.852nd orbit around the Red Planet, we can see, on the lower side of the picture, a small section of a Channel found in the Martian Location known as Coloe Fossae: an Area characterized by a series of Linear Depressions which have been identified on the North/Eastern Margin of the large Martian Region known as Terra Sabaea. Also, one small Butte can be well seen on the upper portion of the frame.

Just out of curiosity, the amount of Impact Craters visible in this area, appears to be very low.

Latitude (centered): 39,1441° North
Longitude (centered): 55,8792°
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 18543) has been additionally processed, magnified to aid the visibility of the details, contrast enhanced and sharpened, Gamma corrected and then colorized in Absolute Natural Colors (such as the colors that a 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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