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The Galileo Orbiter & Probe in 1983.  It was used by NASA to study Jupiter and it's moons from 1995-2003.  By 2003 the radiation from Jupiter had significantly degraded the systems on the orbiter, so on September 21 it was intentionally destroyed by steering it into the planet's atmosphere.  This was done to avoid contamination of any of Jupiter's moons by bacteria from Earth should the orbiter crash on one of them.

The Galileo Orbiter & Probe in 1983. It was used by NASA to study Jupiter and it's moons from 1995-2003. By 2003 the radiation from Jupiter had significantly degraded the systems on the orbiter, so on September 21 it was intentionally destroyed by steering it into the planet's atmosphere. This was done to avoid contamination of any of Jupiter's moons by bacteria from Earth should the orbiter crash on one of them.

NASA concept art by C. Kallas depicts the Galileo probe descending into Jupiter’s stormy atmosphere, 1995

NASA concept art by C. Kallas depicts the Galileo probe descending into Jupiter’s stormy atmosphere, 1995

The Magellan spacecraft with its attached Inertial Upper Stage booster, in the space shuttle orbiter Atlantis payload bay on April 25, 1989....

The Magellan spacecraft with its attached Inertial Upper Stage booster, in the space shuttle orbiter Atlantis payload bay on April 25, 1989....

Image of the Venera probe. "The Other Red Planet: Soviet Union Scored an Interplanetary First at Venus 45 Years Ago. The U.S.S.R.'s Venera 4 was the first spacecraft to return data from inside another planet's atmosphere"

Image of the Venera probe. "The Other Red Planet: Soviet Union Scored an Interplanetary First at Venus 45 Years Ago. The U.S.S.R.'s Venera 4 was the first spacecraft to return data from inside another planet's atmosphere"

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Begins Science Operations.  Collecting Samples of the Moon's Atmosphere!

NASA's LADEE Spacecraft Begins Science Operations. Collecting Samples of the Moon's Atmosphere!

NASA twin satellites to probe mysteries of the Van Allen belts | Cutting Edge - CNET News

NASA twin satellites to probe mysteries of the Van Allen belts | Cutting Edge - CNET News

Twitter / NASA: .@NASA_Hubble image captures Mars-bound comet sprouting multiple jets! http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/march/nasas-hubble-space-telescope-spots-mars-bound-comet-sprout-multiple-jets/index.html#.UzQ0PPldV8F …  pic.twitter.com/X0r7q55Zit

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Twitter / NASA: .@NASA_Hubble image captures Mars-bound comet sprouting multiple jets! http://www.nasa.gov/press/2014/march/nasas-hubble-space-telescope-spots-mars-bound-comet-sprout-multiple-jets/index.html#.UzQ0PPldV8F … pic.twitter.com/X0r7q55Zit

This annotated view of part of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum region shows an array of enigmatic features. The photo was acquired by NASA’s New Horizons probe on July 14, 2015 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers). Features as small as 0.5 miles (1 km) across are visible. The blocky appearance of some features is due to image compression. CREDIT: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

This annotated view of part of Pluto’s Sputnik Planum region shows an array of enigmatic features. The photo was acquired by NASA’s New Horizons probe on July 14, 2015 from a distance of 48,000 miles (77,000 kilometers). Features as small as 0.5 miles (1 km) across are visible. The blocky appearance of some features is due to image compression. CREDIT: NASA/JHUAPL/SWRI

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