PIA00074: Antarctica - Ross Ice Shelf
Target Name: Earth
Is a satellite of: Sol (our sun)
Mission: Galileo
Spacecraft: Galileo Orbiter
Instrument: Solid-State Imaging
Product Size: 427 x 754 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P37297
Addition Date: 1996-01-29
Primary Data Set: Galileo EDRs
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Original Caption Released with Image:

This color picture of Antarctica is one part of a mosaic of pictures covering the entire polar continent taken during the hours following Galileo's historic first encounter with its home planet. The view shows the Ross Ice Shelf to the right and its border with the sea. An occasional mountain can be seen poking through the ice near the McMurdo Station. It is late spring in Antarctica, so the sun never sets on the frigid, icy continent. This picture was taken about 6:20 p.m. PST on December 8, 1990. From top to bottom, the frame looks across about half of Antarctica.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1996-01-29