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Jupiter Swirls
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Jupiter Swirls
Date: 5 Mar 1979

This close-up of swirling clouds around Jupiter's Great Red Spot was taken by Voyager 1. It was assembled from three black and white negatives.

Voyager 1 and 2 each provided unprecedented information about the Jovian atmosphere, system of rings and moons.

During the Jupiter leg of their journeys, Voyager 1 and 2 each explored the giant planet, its magnetosphere and moons in far greater detail than had the Pioneer spacecraft that preceded it. Both spacecraft also used Jupiter's gravity as a springboard to Saturn and beyond.

The spacecraft returned spectacular photos of the entire Jovian system, and time-lapse movies made from its images of Jupiter showed how the planet had changed between the Voyager visits.

Credit: NASA/JPL

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