Mars at Opposition

At a distance of 87 million kilometres Hubble has captured this sharp image of our neighbouring planet in the Solar System. The red colour of the martian surface is due to 'rusted' iron-composites.

Taking advantage of Mars's closest approach to Earth in eight years, astronomers using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope have taken the space-based observatory's sharpest views yet of the Red Planet. NASA is releasing these images to commemorate the second anniversary of the Mars Pathfinder landing. The lander and its rover, Sojourner, touched down on the Red Planet's rolling hills on July 4, 1997, embarking on an historic three-month mission to gather information on the planet's atmosphere, climate, and geology.

Credit:

Steve Lee (University of Colorado), Jim Bell (Cornell University), Mike Wolff (Space Science Institute), and NASA/ESA

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Id:opo9927a
Type:Chart
Release date:30 June 1999, 15:00
Size:3001 x 2401 px

About the Object

Name:Mars
Type:• Solar System : Planet
• X - Solar System Images/Videos

Colours & filters

BandWavelengthTelescope
Optical
B
410 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
V
502 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2
Optical
R
673 nm Hubble Space Telescope
WFPC2

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