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October 11, 1991 12:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-1991-13

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope Produces Clear Color Photo of Jupiter

October 11, 1991: This is the first true-color photograph of the giant planet Jupiter from the Wide Field Planetary Camera on NASA's Hubble Space Telescope. All features in this image are cloud formations in the atmosphere of Jupiter, which contain small crystals of frozen ammonia and traces of colorful chemical compounds of carbon, sulfur, and phosphorus. The temperatures of the clouds are extremely cold, about -280 degrees F.


Credit: NASA, ESA, and J. Westphal (Caltech)