Mars -- Best View from Hubble
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Mars -- Best View from Hubble

February 16, 2003
Frosty white water ice clouds and swirling orange dust storms above a vivid rusty landscape reveal Mars as a dynamic planet in this sharpest view ever obtained by an Earth-based telescope. NASA's Earth-orbiting Hubble Space Telescope took the picture on June 26, when Mars was approximately 43 million miles (68 million km) from Earth — the closest Mars has ever been to Earth since 1988. Hubble can see details as small as 10 miles (16 km) across.

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