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The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Pioneer 11 view of Jupiter's north pole

Filed under pretty pictures, amateur image processing, Pioneer 10 and 11, Jupiter

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Pioneer 11 view of Jupiter's north pole Ted Stryk created this view of Jupiter's north pole by combining 's six best pictures (12 if you count the color pairs as individual pictures) to make a mosaic of Jupiter looking down on its north pole soon after Pioneer 11's closest approach. To date, no other spacecraft has gotten such a direct view of a Jovian pole.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / Ted Stryk

Original image data dated on or about December 15, 1974.

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Pete Jackson: 04/29/2015 08:50 CDT

Fantastic job, Ted! Jupiter's obliquity is only three degrees, so we are looking quite close to the pole in any case. It appears that we are falling a bit short of the pole, but we would need to look up whether Jupiter was near the southern solstice when Pioneer 11 flew by. The shadow lengthss near the terminator close to the pole are impressive considering Jupiter's large size. Maybe someone could convert them into kilometers.

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