Natural Color

UV, visible, IR light
Black-and-White Images Taken of Filtered Light

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Colors Assigned to Black-and-White Images

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Final Image After Combining the Colored Images

Mars - full color

Learn More About This Image

Natural Color:

This image of Mars was constructed from three different black-and-white images recording red light, green light, and blue light reflected from the planet.

The colors assigned to each of these images were chosen to simulate Marsí actual colors.

Not surprisingly, the brightest black-and-white image of the red planet is the one taken through a red filter. However, note that the northern ice cap in these black-and-white images is equally bright in red, green, and blue light because its actual color is white.

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