Hubble to Photograph Mars at Close Approach

The Hubble Space Telescope will be pointed at Mars this week to make two color photographs of the red planet during its historic close approach to Earth. The pictures are being billed, in advance, as the best pictures of Mars ever taken from Earth or its vicinity. “The Hubble pictures will provided the sharpest views of Mars ever seen by a telescope located at Earth,” said Ray Villard, news director at the Space Telescope Science Institute, which operates Hubble. “Though the Mars orbiters routinely yield stunning close-up views, we’ll be treated to a gorgeous pole-to-pole global snapshot of the planet.”