JULIAN BAUM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY JULIAN BAUM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Artist's impression of the Galileo spacecraft on its final approach to the planet Jupiter. Galileo was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis on 18 October 1989, and is due to arrive at the giant planet on 7 December 1995. Galileo will release a probe which will study the planet's atmosphere during a 60-minute long descent. The orbiter will go on to circle Jupiter for at least 20 months, investigating the planet and its moons. The artwork shows Galileo passing Io (left), one of the moons of Jupiter. Images taken by the two Voyager spacecraft in 1979 showed that Io has almost constant volcanic eruptions, such as the two shown in the illustration.
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