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July 5, 2001 09:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2001-24

Hubble Captures Best View of Mars Ever Obtained From Earth

Technical facts about this news release:

About this Object 
Object Name: Mars
Object Description: Planet
Distance from
the Sun:
The semi-major axis of Mars' orbit about the sun is 1.52 Astronomical Units (A.U.) or 142 million miles (228 million km).
Distance from
the Earth:
At the 2001 Mars opposition, the planet was approximately 43 million miles (68 million km) from Earth.

The planet has a diameter of 4,222 miles (6,794 km) at the equator.

About the Data 
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date: June 26, 2001
Filters: Mars was observed at the following wavelengths:
410nm, 502nm, 588nm, 631nm, 673nm, 1042nm
Principal Astronomers:

J. Bell (Cornell U.), P. James (U. Toledo), M. Wolff (Space Science Institute), A. Lubenow (STScI), J. Neubert (MIT/Cornell)

K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, S. Crawshaw, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, T. Royle (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI)

About this Image 
Image Credit: NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
Release Date: July 5, 2001 9:00 a.m. (EDT)