Share

News Release Archive:

News Release 324 of 953

March 1, 2007 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2007-11

Hubble Monitors Jupiter in Support of the New Horizons Flyby

Back

Image: Hubble Images Jupiter in Support of the New Horizons Flyby

Hubble Images Jupiter in Support of the New Horizons FlybySTScI-PRC2007-11b

Screen-use options: These files are created for viewing on your monitor

Print-use download options: These files are designed to fit on letter-size paper

Highest-quality download options: The best resolution available


ABOUT THIS IMAGE:

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope took this true-color view of Jupiter in support of the New Horizons Mission. The image was taken with Hubble's Wide Field Planetary Camera 2 on February 17, 2007, using the planetary camera detector. Jupiter's trademark belts and zones of high- and low-pressure regions appear in crisp detail. Circular convection cells can be seen at high northern and southern latitudes. Atmospheric features as small as 250 miles (400 km) across can be discerned.

Hubble will continue to photograph Jupiter as well as its volcanically active moon, Io, over the next month as the New Horizons spacecraft flies past Jupiter. New Horizons is en route to Pluto, and made its closest approach to Jupiter on February 28, 2007.

Through combined remote imaging by Hubble and in situ measurements by New Horizons, the two missions will support each other scientifically to learn more about the Jovian atmosphere, the aurorae, and the charged-particle environment of Jupiter and its interaction with the solar wind.

For more information, contact:

Ray Villard
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
410-338-4514 (phone), villard@stsci.edu (e-mail)

Keith Noll
Space Telescope Science Institute, Baltimore, Md.
410-338-1828 (phone), noll@stsci.edu (e-mail)

Object Name: Jupiter

Image Type: Astronomical

Credit: NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (AURA/STScI)

NEWS RELEASE IMAGES

All images from this news release:

To access available information and downloadable versions of images in this news release, click on any of the images below: