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March 20, 1997 09:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-1997-09

Hubble's Sharpest View of Mars

An Early Release Observation Release

March 20, 1997: The recently refurbished Hubble telescope obtained the sharpest view of Mars ever taken from Earth. This stunning portrait was taken with March 10, 1997, just before the Red Planet made one of its closest passes to Earth (about 60 million miles or 100 million kilometers).

The Martian North Pole is at the top [near the center of the bright polar cap] and east is to the right. This view of Mars was taken on the last day of Martian spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

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Credit: David Crisp and the WFPC2 Science Team (Jet Propulsion Laboratory/California Institute of Technology), and NASA