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PHOTO CAPTION                 P-37218   GLL-V7 SSI

This colorized picture of Venus was taken on February 14th, 1990,
from a distance of almost 1.7 million miles, about 6 days
after Galileo's closest approach to the planet. It has been
colorized to a bluish hue to emphasize subtle contrasts in
the cloud markings and to indicate that it was taken through
a violet filter.  Features in the sulfuric acid clouds near
the top of the planet's atmosphere are most prominent in
violet and ultraviolet light.  This image shows the east-to-
west-trending clound banding and the brighter polar hoods
familiar from past studies of Venus. The features are
embedded in winds that flow from east to west at about 230
mph.  The smallest features visible are about 45 miles
across.  An intriguing filimentary dark pattern is seen
immediately left of the bright region at the subsolar point
(equatorial "noon"). North is at the top and the evening
terminator is to the left.

The Galileo project is managed for NASA's Office of Space
Science and Applications by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory;
its mission is to study Jupiter and its satellites and
magnetosphere after multiple gravity -assist flybys at Venus
and Earth.