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About this 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 2001 Mars opposition, the planet was approximately 43 million miles (68 million km) from Earth.

Dimensions:

The planet has a diameter of 4,222 miles (6,794 km) at the equator.

About the Data

Instrument:

WFPC2

Exposure Date:

June 26, 2001

Filters:

Mars was observed at the following wavelengths:
410nm, 502nm, 588nm, 631nm, 673nm, 1042nm

Principal Astronomers:

J. Bell (Cornell U.), P. James (U. Toledo), M. Wolff (Space Science Institute), A. Lubenow (STScI), J. Neubert (MIT/Cornell)

K. Noll, H. Bond, C. Christian, S. Crawshaw, L. Frattare, F. Hamilton, J. Lee, Z. Levay, T. Royle (Hubble Heritage Team/STScI)

About this Image

Image Credit:

NASA and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

Release Date:

July 5, 2001 9:00 a.m. (EDT)