This ESA image below of Noctis Labyrithus was created with data obtained from the High-Resolution Stereo Camera (HRSC), onboard ESA’s Mars Express, seems to depict a time near either sunrise or sunset. The quality of the light indicated suggests what one would see on Earth during the Golden Hour, warm light with longer shadows.

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I'm assuming NASA's Insight image and gif below suggest the landscape at sunrise or sunset would appear cooler, and the ESA image is not an accurate depiction.

enter image description here Included in the gif is "...are the 'raw' versions of the image and the color-corrected version; it's easier to see some details in the raw version, but the latter more accurately shows the image as the human eye would see it." In either case, the raw or color-corrected version, there appears a cooler color cast across the image.

Full gif here

Had the ESA made any mention of the color choice of this rendering?

  • $\begingroup$ To me those shadows look like the sun is around 30-60 degrees, is it possible you've allowed the colour to suggest dawn/dusk to you? $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:14
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    $\begingroup$ This may be more appropriate on Photography.SE. What is "true" to the eye is a subject of a lot of debate and it's not just about space imagery. $\endgroup$
    – GdD
    Mar 6, 2020 at 12:18
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    $\begingroup$ The image you have appears to have been created from these images I've not found information on how the four colour filters are used to create a colour image. $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Mar 6, 2020 at 13:26
  • $\begingroup$ But from these details I'd assume it's just a standard RGB mashup $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Mar 6, 2020 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ As indicated by the arrow with "N" pointing right at the bottom right, the images birds-eye images are shown with North to the right. The synthesised perspective image, however, is taken viewing north. The corners correspond to -5.35, 244.12 as the upper left; -5.21, 264,89 as the upper right, -7.12, 264.01 as the lower left and -7.14,264.58 as the lower right $\endgroup$
    – user20636
    Mar 16, 2020 at 17:06


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