Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
Blogs
Facebook Twitter Email RSS AddThis

Ted Stryk over Europa

Jupiter and Io from Pioneer 10

Posted By Ted Stryk

02-08-2013 16:25 CDT

Topics: Jupiter's moons, Io, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Pioneer 10 and 11, Jupiter

This is a parting shot of Jupiter and Io, taken December 5, 1973, by the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, the first to see either world as a crescent.  This image was generated with red and blue channel data from the spacecraft's imaging photopolarimeter (image set B26, for anyone wondering), which scanned the planet as the spacecraft rotated.  The maximum scan length was only 466 pixels, leading to postage-stamp sized images that are often blown up to ridiculous sizes.  This image is shown at a significantly larger scale than its original size for clarity, and extra black sky has been added for effect.  The data for this image was of rather poor quality, especially on the red channel.   Still, it is a nice reminder of one of the most overlooked "firsts" in solar system exploration.

Pioneer 10 departs Jupiter (and Io)

Processed Image Copyright Ted Stryk, Data Courtesy NASA/Ames Research Center.

Pioneer 10 departs Jupiter (and Io)
This is a parting shot of Jupiter and Io, taken December 5, 1973, by the Pioneer 10 spacecraft, the first to see either world as a crescent.

A special thanks to the Ames Research Center history office for helping me find the data used in making this.

 
See other posts from August 2013

 

Read more blog entries about: Jupiter's moons, Io, pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Pioneer 10 and 11, Jupiter

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join the New Millennium Committee

Let’s invent the future together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook! Twitter! Google+ and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!