Cassini Snaps Jupiter's Red Spot
October 23, 2000
Guy Webster, JPL, (818) 354-6278
Vern Lamplot, University of Arizona, (520) 621-1879
Jupiter's famous Great Red Spot, a storm as wide as two Earths and more
than 300 years old, interrupts the pattern of horizontal stripes on
Jupiter in a new color image of the planet from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The image was taken from a distance of about 78 million kilometers (48
million miles) on Oct. 8. A related panel of three images displays the
same side of Jupiter in three different wavelengths, including ultraviolet
and infrared views that show features not seen in visible light.
The image is available from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena,
and from the web site of the Cassini Imaging Science team at the
University of Arizona, Tucson, at
Cassini will pass most closely to Jupiter, at about 10 million kilometers
(6 million miles) away, on December 30. Images taken as it approaches and
flies past will be used for studies of atmospheric dynamics, dark rings
and other features of Jupiter. Cassini is passing Jupiter on its way to
its ultimate destination, Saturn.
Additional information about Cassini is available online at:
Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the Cassini and Galileo missions for
NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.