View over the north pole of Jupiter, 1979.
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This picture is a computer reconstruction, using pictures from the Voyager 1 spacecraft, of what the view over the north pole of Jupiter would look like. Voyager 1 did not actually fly over the pole. The regular pattern of the planet's cloud systems is evident. NASA's two Voyager spacecraft were launched in 1977 to explore the planets in the outer solar system. Voyager 1 flew past Jupiter at a distance of 278,000 kilometres in March 1979 before flying on to Saturn.