Goodbye Home December 11, 1990, from about 1.3 million miles away.
Galileo discovered Dactyl orbiting the asteroid Ida.
"I popped in these two wonderful 8x10’s and became the first human being to see a stereo image of an asteroid at high resolution! That entire weekend, anyone who came close to my door was dragged over: ’ Look at this!’ You know, the mailman, the babysitter. That was really a thrill." Paul Geissler Planetary geologist
Galileo was the first spacecraft to observe an impact into a planetary body, when comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 crashed into Jupiter.
“ With only a week to go, I'm really excited. It's hard to sleep at night… I have to just give up … and write out what I'm thinking… Even doing that I can't always get back to sleep, but sometimes it works.” Jim Erickson November 27, 1995 Probe Release
“ The signal came about 6 minutes later than I had been expecting, so I was getting very fearful that something had gone wrong. When the confirmation finally came through, I was nearly in tears from the joy of knowing that we had done it!” Leslie Tamppari December 11, 1995 Probe Release
Galileo discovered a possible ocean on Callisto.
"It's not going to go on forever. Everything has to end. It's going to be a sad day though.” Andy Ingersoll Scientist
“ If we found life someplace else it would give us a vastly new perspective on existence. We would probably realize that we weren't quite so important as we thought we were. I mean, it might take us down a peg, which … could be useful.” Randy Tufts Former geologist at the University of Arizona (1949-2002)