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December 18, 2007 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-45

Mars: Closest Approach 2007

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 December 18, 2007 closest approach, Mars was 55 million miles (88 million kilometers) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: This image was created from the HST proposal 11361: K. Noll (The Hubble Heritage Team, STScI), J. Bell III (Cornell Univ.), M. Wolff (Space Science Institute), H. Bond, C. Christian, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, Z. Levay, M. Mutchler, and W. Januszewski (Hubble Heritage Team, STScI).
Instrument: WFPC2
Exposure Date(s): December, 2007
Filters: F410M (410 nm), F502N (502 nm), and F673N (673 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: December 18, 2007
Orientation: Mars: Closest Approach 2007