At 5:51 a.m.
EDT on Aug. 27, 2003, Mars came within 34,646,418 miles (55,758,006
kilometers) of Earth.
This was the
closest Mars has come to our planet in nearly 60,000 years.
A few days
after that, there was a full Moon on September 8, 2003 and I took this photo
from the beach near my home.