Voyager 1 sees Jupiter’s Great Red Spot

On 5 March 1979, Voyager 1 made its closest approach to Jupiter, passing at a distance of about 349,000 kilometres (217,000 miles) from the planet’s centre.

It captured this close-up view of the swirling clouds around Jupiter’s Great Red Spot in February as it approached the gas giant. This colour image was created from three black and white images taken with different filters. During the encounter period Voyager 1 took almost 19,000 pictures of Jupiter and its moons. It also discovered the presence of a thin ring system around the planet.

Image: NASA/JPL.