Hubble's Sharpest View of Mars -- August 24, 2003

Stsci_2003-22d_1024

stsci_2003-22d August 27th, 2003

Credit: NASA, J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI)

This view of Mars from the Hubble Space Telescope's new Advanced Camera for Surveys provides the sharpest view of the red planet attainable by the Earth-oribiting observatory. The picture was taken August 24, when Mars was approximately 34.7 million miles from Earth. The central linear feature running from left to right is Valles Marineris, a 2,480-mile (4,000-km) system of canyons. Sunlight illuminates one wall of the canyon, creating a striking white linear feature. To the bottom left lies Solis Lacus (Lake of the Sun) At far left is the great Tharsis plateau. A chain of three dormant volcanoes can barely be seen along the left limb. At far right, the great dusty desert Arabia Terra is pockmarked with ancient impact craters. The bright desert in the center of the image is Xanthe Terra. The upper left corner of this desert is the site where the NASA Viking 1 spacecraft landed on Mars in 1976. Because of Mars's tilt, the icy north polar cap cannot be seen. It is just over the top limb. Each pixel (picture element) in this black-and-white image is only 3.5 miles (6 km) across.

Provider: Space Telescope Science Institute

Image Source: https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2003/news-2003-22

Curator: STScI, Baltimore, MD, USA

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Image Details

Image Type
Planetary
Object Name
Mars
Subject - Solar System
Planet > Type > Terrestrial

Distance

Position Details

Position (ICRS)
RA = 22h 39m 11.2s
DEC = -15° 41’ 6.7”
Constellation
Aquarius

Color Mapping

  Telescope Spectral Band Wavelength
Grayscale Hubble (ACS) Optical -
Stsci_2003-22d_1280
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ID
2003-22d
Subject Category
A.1.1.1  
Subject Name
Mars
Credits
NASA, J. Bell (Cornell U.) and M. Wolff (SSI)
Release Date
2003-08-27T00:00:00
Lightyears
1.46e-4
Redshift
1.46e-4
Reference Url
https://hubblesite.org/contents/news-releases/2003/news-2003-22
Type
Planetary
Image Quality
Good
Distance Notes
Distance from Earth in miles: 86 million
Facility
Hubble
Instrument
ACS
Color Assignment
Grayscale
Band
Optical
Bandpass
Central Wavelength
Start Time
Integration Time
Dataset ID
Notes
Coordinate Frame
ICRS
Equinox
Reference Value
339.79652917, -15.68518611
Reference Dimension
Reference Pixel
Scale
Rotation
Coordinate System Projection:
Quality
Position
FITS Header
Notes
Creator (Curator)
STScI
URL
http://hubblesite.org
Name
Space Telescope Science Institute Office of Public Outreach
Email
outreach@stsci.edu
Telephone
410-338-4444
Address
3700 San Martin Drive
City
Baltimore
State/Province
MD
Postal Code
21218
Country
USA
Rights
http://hubblesite.org/copyright/
Publisher
STScI
Publisher ID
stsci
Resource ID
STSCI-H-p0322d-f-1151x795.tif
Resource URL
https://mast.stsci.edu/api/latest/Download/file?uri=mast:OPO/product/STSCI-H-p0322d-f-1151x795.tif
Related Resources
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive/releases/2003/22
Metadata Date
2022-09-07T00:00
Metadata Version
1.2
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