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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

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Image: Close Encounter: Mars at Opposition

Close Encounter: Mars at Opposition

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This illustration shows the relative positions of Earth and Mars at the last six oppositions, when the Sun and Mars are on exact opposite sides of Earth. The images of Mars show the planet's apparent relative size at each opposition, as viewed by the Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope. Orbits of the inner planets are to scale.

Object Name: Mars

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

Credit: NASA, ESA, and Z. Levay (STScI)

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