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The Cassini spacecraft is now on its way to Saturn, scheduled to arrive in 2004. On its way, it swept past Jupiter and tried out its cameras. This image shows some of the most recent close-ups of Jupiter as seen by Cassini in the blue (optical), ultraviolet, and near-infrared.

(Image from NASA/JPL/ University of Arizona)

The moons of the outer planets are worlds unto themselves. In this image, the moon Io hovers over the swirling gas surface of Jupiter. The shading of this image reveals that the Sun must be off to the left, 5.2 AU away.

(Image from NASA/JPL/ University of Arizona)

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