PIA00123: Earth - Pacific Ocean

Earth - Pacific Ocean


This color image of the Earth was obtained by the Galileo spacecraft early Dec. 12, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.6 million miles from the Earth. The color composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. The Pacific Ocean covers virtually all of the visible disk of the Earth in this picture. The glint of the Sun reflected from smooth water is near the center. This is a frame of the Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500-frame time-lapse motion picture showing a 25-hour period of Earths rotation and atmospheric dynamics.

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 Atmosphere, Color, Water
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-01-29
Date in Caption 1990-12-12
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00123
Identifier PIA00123