Hubble Makes Best Mars Globe Photos Ever

The first of two highly anticipated Mars portraits from the Hubble Space Telescope was released this morning as the observatory’s operators took advantage of a proximity to the red planet not equaled in 59,619 years. The color photograph includes Mars’ Hellas Basin, a huge impact crater, and the southern polar ice cap is unmistakable. It is the most detailed full-globe shot of Mars ever obtained from Earth’s vicinity.