This color image of the Earth was obtained by the Galileo spacecraft at about 6:10 a.m. PST
on Dec. 11, 1990, when the spacecraft was about 1.3 million miles from the Earth. The color
composite used images taken through the red, green and violet filters. South America is near
the center of the picture, and the white, sunlit continent of Antarctica is below. Picturesque
weather fronts are visible in the South Atlantic, lower right. This is the first frame of the
Galileo Earth spin movie, a 500-frame time-lapse motion picture showing a 25-hour period of
Earth's rotation and atmospheric dynamics.