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June 30, 1999 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1999-27

A Closer Encounter with Mars

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Image: A Global Mars Map

A Global Mars Map

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The four hemispheric views shown above have been combined into a full-color global map (called a Mollweide projection), showing the regions of Mars imaged by the Hubble telescope during the planet's closest approach to Earth. Latitudes below about 60 degrees south were not viewed by the telescope because the planet's north pole was tilted towards Earth during this time. This image is a composite of pictures taken with three filters: blues (410 nanometers), green (502 nanometers), and red (673 nanometers). The Hubble telescope's resolution is 12 miles per pixel (20 kilometers per pixel) near the Martian equator.

Object Name: Mars

Image Type: Astronomical

Photo Credit: Steve Lee (University of Colorado), Jim Bell (Cornell University), Mike Wolff (Space Science Institute), and NASA

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