The Two Faces of Mars

The Two Faces of Mars

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News release ID: STScI-2003-22
Release Date: Aug 27, 2003
Image Use: Copyright
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The images of the opposite faces of Mars were taken as the planet reached its closest approach to the Earth in almost 60,000 years, on Aug. 23, 2003. The left image shows dark, circular impact craters. The right image shows the giant volcano Olympus Mons, an oval-shaped feature just above the center.

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NASA, J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI);
Additional image processing and analysis support from: K. Noll and A. Lubenow (STScI); M. Hubbard (Cornell U.); R. Morris (NASA/JSC); P. James (U. Toledo); S. Lee (U. Colorado); and T. Clancy, B. Whitney and G. Videen (SSI); and Y. Shkuratov (Kharkov U.)