PIA00074: Antarctica - Ross Ice Shelf

Antarctica - Ross Ice Shelf


This color picture of Antarctica is one part of a mosaic of pictures covering the entire polar continent taken during the hours following Galileo's historic first encounter with its home planet. The view shows the Ross Ice Shelf to the right and its border with the sea. An occasional mountain can be seen poking through the ice near the McMurdo Station. It is late spring in Antarctica, so the sun never sets on the frigid, icy continent. This picture was taken about 6:20 p.m. PST on December 8, 1990. From top to bottom, the frame looks across about half of Antarctica.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Earth Sun
System Earth
Target Type Earth Sun
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Extra Keywords Color, Mountain
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-01-29
Date in Caption 1990-12-08
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00074
Identifier PIA00074