Missions to Jupiter
||April 6, 1973
||September 1, 1979
||Returned detailed pictures of Jupiter and Jupiter's Great Red Spot.
||September 5, 1977
||November 13, 1980
||Returned photographs and information on Jupiter's many moons.
||August 20, 1977
||August 26, 1981
||Showed that Jupiter's Great Red Spot is really a complex storm, and that Io, one of Jupiter's moons, has active volcanism.
||USA & Europe
||February 10, 1990
||The Galileo Probe successfully descended into Jupiter's atmosphere
on December 7,1995.
Galileo Orbiter successfully entered orbit well above the cloud tops of
Jupiter on December 7, 1995 and is currently observing the Jupiter system.
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