By Neha Yadav
Published Feb 21, 2024

Hindustan Times
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10 stunning pics of planets captured by NASA

The US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) frequently shares captivating photos of planets. Here's a look at some of the stunning pics of planets captured by NASA.

This glowing image of Mercury was captured by NASA's Mercury Surface, Space Environment, Geochemistry and Ranging (MESSENGER) spacecraft. The photo shows young craters on the planet in blue colour and opaque minerals in dark blue.

This image of Saturn was captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft in 2008 from a distance of 690,000 miles. The photo shows Saturn's rings extending to both sides of the image.

This closeup photo of Jupiter's northern hemisphere captured by NASA shows massive storms swirling and churning in the gassy atmosphere of the planet in blue, tan and white colours. 

The Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellites (GOES) captured this photo of Earth's western hemisphere. The image shows snow and clouds in white, oceans in blue and continents in green and brown.

This closeup photo of Pluto was captured by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft, the first to study the planet up close. The image shows craters and cracks on the surface of Pluto in red, white, tan and orange colour. 

This photo of Mars shows large mud cracks in red and brown on the planet's surface. The cracks are believed to have formed during the long cycles of wet and dry conditions on Mars. 

This image of Venus was captured by NASA's Mariner 10 spacecraft. It shows swirls of white blending with shades of red and tan.

This photo of Uranus was taken by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft in 1986. The image shows the blue-green colour of the planet due to large amounts of methane. 

This picture of Neptune was captured by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. The photo was taken at a range of 4.4 million miles from the planet.

This photo of Jupiter was processed from the raw data collected from NASA's James Webb telescope's sensors. The image shows infrared lights outlining the planet.