Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

Date:20 November 2012 Tags:, , , , , , , , , , , ,

Jupiter’s Great Red Spot
This view of Jupiter was taken by Voyager 1. This image was taken through colour filters and recombined to produce the colour image. This photo was assembled from three black and white negatives by the Image Processing Lab at Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Credit: Nasa/JPL

Launched on 20 August 1977, Voyager 2 is the longest operating spacecraft, past or present. It is 15 billion kilometres away from our Sun. Launched on 5 September 1977, Voyager 1 is the most distant human-made object, at about 18 billion kilometres away from our Sun. The two Voyager spacecraft have been travelling through our solar system for 35 years and are still sending back data as they draw close to crossing into interstellar space, which is the space between stars.

Download wallpaper images of a selection of photos from the Voyager encounters with Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune…

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For more information about the Voyager spacecraft, visit: www.nasa.gov/voyager and http://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov