The largest planet has been observed by the Pioneer, Voyager, Galileo, Ulysses and Cassini
spacecraft. Currently, the New Horizons probe is collecting data on the way to its destination
of Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.
These missions have acquired a large body of data about Jupiter and its moons. Of these,
the highest quality global imaging surveys were conducted by Galileo and Cassini. From the
volcanic turmoil of Io to Europa's possible ice sheets, the Jovian moons exhibit varied
and dramatic characters.
The combines high resolution images
collected by the Galileo and Cassini missions. Jupiter is portrayed with a high resolution
photomosaic produced during the Cassini fly-by in 2000.
The moons of Jupiter were mapped during the Galileo mission and are presented here in grayscale
and color. Craters, mountains, valleys and other distinguishing surface features are identified
by name and type of structure.