Artist's impression of the Galileo probe arriving at Jupiter

Galileo probe

The Galileo probe to Jupiter and its moons was launched aboard the space shuttle Atlantis in 1989. After flybys of Earth, Venus and the asteroid belt, Galileo approached its final destination in 1994 and returned images of the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashing into Jupiter.

A parachute probe, which separated from from the orbiter in 1995, gathered data on the planet's turbulent atmosphere as it descended. Galileo continued to orbit Jupiter and make close flybys of its main moons until it was intentionally destroyed in 2003.

Photo: Artist's impression of the Galileo probe arriving at Jupiter (NASA)

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Artist's impression of the Galileo probe arriving at Jupiter

About Galileo

The unmanned probe to Jupiter sees a comet crash.

About Galileo

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