HiRISE | High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment:

Astronomers often use “false-color” images to better understand deep space phenomena like supernova remnants or nebulae. But false color imagery is also used a bit closer to home — as evidenced by stunning photos of the surface of Mars taken by the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

HiRISE takes pictures in three color bands: 400 to 600 nanometers (blue-green), 550 to 850 nm (red) and 800 to 1,000 nm (near infrared). Since the human eye sees wavelengths from about 390 to 700 nm, HiRISE cross-maps the longer bands to the visible spectrum, creating a false-color image that helps viewers see features more clearly.

Credit: HiRISE/Lunar and Planetary Laboratory


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