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Generated view of Mars as seen from Earth - looking past the
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Generated view of Mars as seen from Earth - looking past the Sun

December 10, 2008
View of Mars as seen from Earth looking past the Sun on 5 December 2008. Mars is a tiny dot just to the left of the Sun's atmosphere. This image clearly illustrates the path that line-of-sight radio signals must travel - through the Sun's turbulant atmosphere - between Mars Express and the Earth.

Graphic generated by Mars Express mission controllers at ESOC, the European Space Operations Centre, using Celestia.

NEVER look at the Sun using a standard telescope.