Planets and Moons  ID: 11921

Planetary Portrait

Scientists using NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope have produced new maps of Jupiter, the largest planet in our solar system. The maps are the first products to come from a program to study the solar system’s outer planets each year using Hubble. Jupiter, Uranus and Neptune are being studied first. Saturn will be added later. The observations are designed to capture a broad range of features, including winds, clouds, storms and atmospheric chemistry. Collecting these yearly images—essentially the planetary version of annual school picture days for children—will help current and future scientists see how these giant worlds change over time. Watch the video for an up-close look at the planet.

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Lead Visualizer/Animator:
Greg Bacon (STScI/Aura)

Video Editor:
Dan Gallagher (USRA)

Amy A. Simon (NASA/GSFC)
Michael H. Wong (University of California at Berkeley)
Glenn Orton (NASA/JPL CalTech)

Project Support:
Michael Randazzo (Advocates in Manpower Management, Inc.)
Aaron E. Lepsch (ADNET Systems, Inc.)

Lead Writer:
Elizabeth Zubritsky (ADNET)

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NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center
Video and images courtesy of Space Telescope Science Institute

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