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Mars came into its Opposition on June 13, 2001 in constellation
Ophiuchus. Little later, on June 21, 2001, the planet will come to its closes
distance to Earth this year: 67.34 million km (42 million miles). This approach
offered another opportunity to launch spacecraft to the red planet, which was
used by Nasa to send the 2001 Mars Odyssey
spacecraft, also previously called Mars Surveyor 2001 Orbiter.
The planet was situated very south at declination -26 to -27 at opposition time
so that Northern hemisphere observers found it comparatively low in the
southern horizon. The planet became as bright as mag -2.4 and of diameter
20.8 arc seconds around that time.
Mars Oppositions |
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Last Modification: September 20, 2003