Mars Approaches Earth
27 August 2003
The Hubble Space Telescope acquired this image of Mars when it was just 55 760 220 km (34 648 840 miles) from Earth. The image is a composite of a series of images taken between 22:20 and 23:12 UT on 26th August 2003.
The image reveals many features of the Martian surface. Near the centre of the image, for example, is the 450 km (270 mile) wide Huygens crater. The two dark regions are Syrtis Major to the right and Sinus Meridani to the left.
The resolution of the image is 12 km, or 8 miles, per pixel.