Hubble Takes New Mars Portrait

Posted on May 20, 2016

Hubble Mars Portrait May 2016

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope captured a new Mars portrait on May 12, 2016. The image was released today. Mars was 50 million miles from Earth when the image was captured. It reveals details as small as 20 to 30 miles across.

The images shows clouds, bright polar caps and the plant's rust-colored landscape. Here are a few of the visible features: NASA says that on May 30, Mars will be the closest it has been to Earth in 11 years. It will 46.8 million miles away.

You can view and download high-resolution photos here on hubblesite.org.

Image: NASA, ESA, the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA), J. Bell (ASU), and M. Wolff (Space Science Institute)