PIA02866: 3-D Atmosphere Movie

3-D Atmosphere Movie


Quicktime file (45k)
Larger AVI file (151k)

NASA's Cassini spacecraft took narrow-angle images of Jupiter's outer atmosphere, showing the giant planet as if it were constantly bathed in sunlight. To make this 3-D movie sequence (of which the release image is a still frame), projections of the movement of the atmosphere were inserted between frames, then projected on to a globe matching Jupiter's size and shape. The interpolated data came from studies by a previous mission to Jupiter, NASA's Voyager spacecraft. The movie shows one frame every 1.1 hours, over 10 days, from October 31 to November 9, 2000.

Background Info:

Cassini is a cooperative mission of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, manages Cassini for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C.

Cataloging Keywords:

Name Value Additional Values
Target Jupiter Sun
System Jupiter
Target Type Planet Sun
Mission Cassini-Huygens Voyager
Instrument Host Cassini Orbiter
Host Type Orbiter Flyby Spacecraft
Instrument Imaging Science Subsystem (ISS)
Detector Narrow Angle Camera
Extra Keywords Atmosphere, Color, Visual
Acquisition Date
Release Date 2000-12-30
Date in Caption 2000-11-09
Image Credit NASA/JPL/University of Arizona
Source photojournal.jpl.nasa.gov/catalog/PIA02866
Identifier PIA02866