ATMOSPHERES OF THE PLANETS
The giant outer planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune have very thick
atmospheres that extend deep into the interior. The inner planets
Venus, Earth, and Mars have relatively thin atmospheres in comparison.
Clouds and storms are common on Earth, but are relatively rare on Mars. Cloud
features are unpredictable and few 3-D spacecraft images of clouds exist.
Here we present a selection of 3-D images of atmospheric processes
constructed from images obtained by shuttle astronauts and interplanetary spacec
Click on the images to view at full resolution.
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||Western Pacific Ocean
||Spiral cloud bands
Image processing by Paul Schenk, David Gwynn, and James Tutor, Lunar and
©Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2000