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 raft.

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Images should be viewed using red-blue stereo glasses.


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EARTH

SITE: Typhoon Odessa
REGION: Western Pacific Ocean
PLANET: Earth
FEATURES: Spiral cloud bands
Eye wall
Cirroform anvil


Image processing by Paul Schenk, David Gwynn, and James Tutor, Lunar and Planetary Institute.


©Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2000