On this day in 2003 - September 21st - NASA's Galileo mission was ended by having the spacecraft plunge into Jupiter.

Galileo was the first spacecraft to orbit Jupiter, the first to achieve an asteroid flyby (951 Gaspra), and it discovered the first asteroid moon - Dactyl, around asteroid 243 Ida.

Mona Evans
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