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News Release 492 of 1051

November 3, 2005 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2005-34

Mars Kicks Up the Dust as it Makes Closest Approach to Earth

Technical facts about this news release:

About the 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 2005 closest approach, Mars was 43 million miles (69 million kilometers) from Earth. At the 2005 opposition event, Mars was 43.7 million miles (70.3 million kilometers) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from HST proposal 10770: K. Noll (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI), J. Bell (Cornell Univ.), M. Wolff (Space Science Inst.), H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, W. Januszewski, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and T. Royle (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).
Instrument: ACS/HFC WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): October 28, 2005 November 8, 2005
Filters: F250W (250 nm), F502N (502 nm), F658N (658 nm) F410M (410 nm ), F502N (502 nm), and F631N (631 nm)
About the Image
Image Credit: NASA, ESA, The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (Cornell University) and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)
Release Date: November 3, 2005
Orientation: Two Views of Mars