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Contact: Guy Webster, JPL, (818) 354-6278
Lori Stiles, University of Arizona, (520) 626-4402

IMAGE ADVISORY December 5, 2000

TURBULENCE FURROWS JUPITER'S BROW

       Jupiter's Great Red Spot resembles an eye watching the moon Ganymede from under a furrowed eyebrow in one new picture taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The "eye" is really a giant storm and the "eyebrow" a region of clouds shaped by the turbulence of winds diverted around the storm.

       A set of other new Jupiter images from Cassini shows a rising storm that penetrates through multiple layers of the planet's atmosphere.

       The images are available from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., at

       http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/pictures/jupiter

and from the web site of the Cassini Imaging Science team at the University of Arizona, Tucson, at

       http://ciclops.lpl.arizona.edu/ .

       Cassini will pass most closely to Jupiter, at a flyby distance of about 10 million kilometers (6 million miles), on Dec. 30. It will use a boost from Jupiter's gravity to reach its ultimate destination, Saturn. While near Jupiter, it is studying that planet's atmosphere, magnetic field and rings in collaboration with NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter since Dec. 7, 1995. More information on the joint Cassini-Galileo observations is available at

       http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/jupiterflyby .

       Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA, the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. JPL manages the Cassini and Galileo missions for NASA's Office of Space Science, Washington, D.C. JPL is a division of the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena.

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