December 16, 2004
This single frame from a color movie of Jupiter from NASA's Cassini
spacecraft shows what it would look like to unpeel the entire globe of
Jupiter, stretch it out on a wall into the form of a rectangular map.
The image is a color cylindrical projection of the complete circumference
of Jupiter, from 60 degrees south to 60 degrees north. It was produced
from six images taken by Cassini's narrow-band camera on Oct. 31, 2000, in
each of three filters: red, green and blue.
The smallest visible features at the equator are about 600 kilometers
(about 370 miles) across. In a map of this type, the most extreme northern
and southern latitudes are unnaturally stretched out.
Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and
the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of the
California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages the Cassini
mission for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
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