New Jupiter Pictures

New Jupiter Pictures
By: Heartland News

WASHINGTON D.C. --New images of the planet Jupiter were shown to reporters at the US space agency's NASA headquarters in Washington, DC, on Tuesday, as provided by the New Horizon's spacecraft.

NASA said the pictures have impressed scientists with never-before-seen perspectives of the giant planet's atmosphere, rings, and moons.

The new views included the closest look yet at the Earth-sized "Little Red Spot" storm, churning materials through Jupiter's cloud tops.

The space probe also revealed detailed images of dust and boulders hurling through Jupiter's faint rings.

The planet has four large moons and dozens of small ones.

One of the large moons, named "Io", is thought to be the most volcanically active body in the solar system, and scientists say the pictures from New Horizons show a volcanic eruption taking place.

New Horizons reached Jupiter thirteen months after lifting off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, in January 2006.