PIA00114: Earth - South America (First Frame of Earth Spin Movie)

Earth - South America (First Frame of Earth Spin Movie)


annotated image for PIA00114
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This color image of the Earth was obtained by Galileo at about 6:10 a.m. Pacific Standard Time on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.3 million miles from the planet during the first of two Earth flybys on its way to Jupiter. The color composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. South America is near the center of the picture, and the white, sunlit continent of Antarctica is below. Picturesque weather fronts are visible in the South Atlantic, lower right. This is the first frame of the Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500- frame time-lapse motion picture showing a 25-hour period of Earth's rotation and atmospheric dynamics.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Earth Jupiter, Sun
System Earth Jupiter
Target Type Earth Planet, Sun
Mission Galileo
Instrument Host Galileo Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Probe
Instrument Solid-State Imaging (SSI)
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Movie
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-01-29
Date in Caption 1990-12-11
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00114
Identifier PIA00114