Pioneer

The first spacecraft to visit some of the giant planets were the Pioneer 10 and 11 spacecraft managed by the NASA Ames Research Center. The spacecraft were designed as low-cost, simple missions to demonstrate the viability of sending spacecraft through the Asteroid Belt to these planets, before more sophisticated and

Table 7.4. Spatial resolutions of terrestrial and Earth-orbiting telescopes at the giant planets.

Angular resolution

Jupiter

Saturn

Uranus

Neptune

km

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km

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km

fD

km

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10"

30,460

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