Cassini's Sleighful of Jupiter Pictures: Golden Ornament, Silvery Ring

December 20, 2000

Guy Webster, JPL, (818) 354-6278


Lori Stiles, University of Arizona, (520) 626-4402

The highly volcanic moon Io hangs like a golden ornament in front of
Jupiter in one of the new images available from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
The picture was taken Dec. 12.

Another newly released image is a set of 10 frames showing a portion of
Jupiter's main ring. The frames were taken over a period spanning 39.5
hours, beginning Dec. 11, and were processed to make the very faint ring
more visible.









rings of Jupiter

IO in front of Jupiter

The images are available at:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/jupiter

and from the web site of the Cassini Imaging Science team at the
University of Arizona, Tucson, at:


http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/.

Cassini will pass Jupiter at a distance of about 9.7 million kilometers (6
million miles) on Dec. 30. The spacecraft will use a boost from Jupiter's
gravity to reach its ultimate destination, Saturn, in July 2004.
Additional information from collaborative studies of Jupiter by Cassini
and NASA's Galileo spacecraft is available online at:


http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jupiterflyby.



Additional information about Cassini is available online at:


http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov.


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.


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