PHOTOJOURNAL: Jupiter Up Close

Science  05 Jan 2001:
Vol. 291, Issue 5501, pp. 19D
DOI: 10.1126/science.10.1126/SCIENCE.291.5501.19D

As it hurtles toward Saturn, the Cassini spacecraft is stealing an extra kick from Jupiter's gravitational field—and taking a few stunning snapshots along the way. Launched in 1997, Cassini is armed with a panoply of cameras and scientific instruments that it will use to study Saturn after it arrives in 2004. But while in the neighborhood, it's now aiming those cameras at Jupiter. The craft made its closest approach on 30 December, and NASA has been releasing images almost every day on the Web. The one at left from 1 December shows newly discovered details in the Great Red Spot.

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