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Pioneer 10 Flyby
Pioneer 10 Flyby (click to enlarge)
 
 

Pioneer 10 Flyby
Date: 4 Dec 1973

Pioneer 10 sent back images of Jupiter of ever-increasing size.The most dramatic moment was after closest approach and after the spacecraft was hidden behind Jupiter.

Here, images gradually build up into a very distorted crescent-shaped Jupiter. "Sunrise on Jupiter," a team member said. The giant planet crescent gradually decreased in size as the spacecraft sped away out of the Jovian system.

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