Galileo Mission

Mission: Galileo
Mission type: Orbiter/Flyby
Launch date: October 1989
Launch vehicle: Space Shuttle Atlantis
Mission duration: Jupiter 1995-2003
Deorbited: September 2003
Objective: Galileo was an unmanned spacecraft sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. It was launched on October 18, 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis on the STS-34 mission. It arrived at Jupiter on December 7, 1995, a little more than six years later. After 14 years in space and 8 years of service in the Jovian system, its mission was terminated by sending the orbiter into Jupiter's atmosphere.
Galileo's prime mission was a two-year study of the Jovian system. Its orbits were designed for close-up flybys of Jupiter's largest moons. Galileo also provided the only direct observation of comet Shoemaker-Levy 9's impact into the atmosphere of Jupiter in 1994.

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