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Inside Gas Giant Jupiter (Infographic)

Jupiter is the largest planet in Earth’s solar system and has 63 moons encircling it. The planet is a giant ball of gas and liquid.
(Image credit: Karl Tate, SPACE.com)

Find out what makes Jupiter tick, from its crushing atmospheric pressures to the Great Red Spot in this SPACE.com infographic above.

Jupiter has dozens of moons, including the four large Galilean moons discovered by famed astronomer Galileo Galilei. NASA's Galileo probe was the first mission to study the planet in-depth, and a new mission - Juno - is en route to the gas giant. The European Space Agency also approved a new mission, the Jupiter Icy moons Explorer probe, to launch toward Jupiter in 2022.

 

 

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Karl Tate
Karl's association with SPACE.com goes back to 2000, when he was hired to produce interactive Flash graphics. Starting in 2010, Karl has been TechMediaNetwork's infographics specialist across all editorial properties.  Before joining SPACE.com, Karl spent 11 years at the New York headquarters of The Associated Press, creating  news graphics for use around the world in newspapers and on the web.  He has a degree in graphic design from Louisiana State University. To find out what his latest project is, you can follow Karl on Google+.