PIA00455: Jupiter with Io Crossing

Jupiter with Io Crossing


Jupiter's satellite Io poses before the giant planet in this photo returned January 17, 1979, from a distance of 29 million miles (47 million kilometers). The satellite's shadow can be seen falling on the face of Jupiter at left. Io is traveling from left to right in its one-and-three-quarter-day orbit around Jupiter. Even from this great distance the image of Io shows dark poles and a bright equatorial region. Voyager will make its closest approach to Jupiter -- 174,000 miles (280,000 kilometer) -- on March 5. It will then continue to Saturn in November 1980, Meanwhile Voyager 2, a sister spacecraft, will fly past Jupiter July 9, 1979, and reach Saturn in August 1981. This color image was taken through orange, green and blue filters.

Background Info:

The Voyagers are managed for NASA's Office of Space Science by Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Io, Saturn
System Jupiter Saturn
Target Type Planet Satellite
Mission Voyager
Instrument Host Voyager 1 Voyager 2
Host Type Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Extra Keywords Color, Shadow
Acquisition Date
Release Date 1996-09-26
Date in Caption 1979-01-17 1979-07-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA00455
Identifier PIA00455