Mars in opposition 2016

This image shows our neighbouring planet Mars, as it was observed shortly before opposition in 2016 by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

Some prominent features of the planet are clearly visible: the ancient and inactive shield volcano Syrtis Major; the bright and oval Hellas Planitia basin; the heavily eroded Arabia Terra in the centre of the image; the dark features of Sinus Sabaeous and Sinus Meridiani along the equator; and the small southern polar cap.

Credit:

NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (ASU), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)

About the Image

Id:heic1609a
Type:Observation
Release date:19 May 2016, 19:00
Related releases:heic1609
Size:2000 x 2000 px

About the Object

Name:Mars
Type:Solar System : Planet
Category:Solar System

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