Mars, Earth alignment reveals more secrets about the Red Planet

We are learning more about Mars each day.
By Dirk Trudeau | May 23, 2016
Astronomy has made yet another milestone. The Hubble Space Telescope has captured amazing footage from Mars. The clouds, craters, and ice caps can be clearly seen through the telescope. The pictures dated May 12 are the clearest so far showing Mars as man's future home.

Mars is Earths next door neighbor, in the Milky Way Galaxy only 80 million kilometers away. On May 22 to May 30th, the planet will be on the opposite side of Earth. The term being in opposition is used each time the two planets are on opposite sides of each other.

"When an opposition takes place Mars appears bigger in the sky," said the European Space Agency, NASA counterpart in space exploration. Both NASA and the ESA run the Hubble Mission program. With the recent steps made astronomers shall find it easier to look at the red planet.

The photos from the Hubble Wide Camera 3 reveal Martian mountains, plains, and canyons. The scientists point to some areas on the surface of the planet. There is a distinct orange area right in the center of the globe called the Arabia Terra. The area is full of craters.

South of the Arabia Terra is the Sinus Sabaeus. The Sinus Meridiani lies to the West. Bedrock from volcanic activity covers the field in the photo which is dark. Clouds are covering Syrtis Major, the dark volcanic plains. The southern cap is also covered with the clouds.

While it is Fall to Earth, it is summer in the Mars Northern hemisphere. The Hubble project began in the 1990s. The telescope has been sending spectacular images from space. A broken mirror back in December of 1993 sent NASA astronauts into space. The telescope should continue working well into 2020.


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