Cassini makes first color movie of Jupiter's clouds
Posted: December 26, 2000
The orange and white bands slide in opposite directions from each other and a swirl of winds gyrate around Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
This movie was produced using images from 24 Jupiter rotations, from October 31 to November 9. The 24-frame clip shows what it would look like to unpeel the entire globe of Jupiter, stretch it out on a wall in the form of a rectangular map, and watch its atmosphere evolve with time.
Cassini will pass Jupiter at a distance of about 9.7 million kilometers (6 million miles) on December 30. The spacecraft will use a boost from Jupiter's gravity to reach its ultimate destination, Saturn, in July 2004.
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.