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August 27, 2003 06:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2003-22

Mars: Closest Encounter


Video: Rotating Mars Globe

Running Time: 23 seconds

This globe of the planet Mars was assembled from three separate images of the red planet taken by Hubble Space Telescope's Wide Field and Planetary Camera 2 on August 24th, 26th, and 27th. The color composite images were mapped onto a globe, geometrically to create a representative sphere of how the planet would look from space. Artifacts of the mosaic are three seams seen at 120-degree intervals with some missing data in the North Polar Region. These images were taken when Mars' southern pole was tilted toward Earth. The exquisite sharpness is possible because Mars was very close to Earth when the pictures were taken. Surface details include numerous impact basins and craters, dusty plains, and a volcanic plateau.

Credit: 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.)

Animation: B. Preston and E. Weibe (STScI)

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Rotating Mars Globe Running Time: 23 seconds
MARS: Closest Encounter Running Time: 2 minutes 43 seconds