These four images of Jupiter and the luminous night- side impact of fragment W of
     Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 were taken by the Galileo spacecraft on July 22, 1994. The
     spacecraft was 238 million kilometers (148 million miles) from Jupiter at the time, and
     621 million kilometers from Earth. The spacecraft was about 40 degrees from Earth's
     line of sight to Jupiter, permitting this direct view. The images were taken at intervals
     of 2 1/3 seconds, using the green filter (visible light). The first image, taken at an
     equivalent time to 8:06:10 Greenwich Mean Time (1:06 a m. Pacific Daylight Time),
     shows no impact. In the next three images, a point of light appears, brightens so much
     as to saturate its picture element, and then fades again, seven seconds after the first
     picture. The location is approximately 44 degrees south as predicted, dark spots to the
     right are from previous impacts. Jupiter is approximately 60 picture elements in
     diameter. Galileo tape-recorded most of its observations of the Shoemaker-Levy
     events durng the second week of July 1994 and has since been playing the tape back
     selectively. Many more pictures and data from other instruments remain to be
     retumed from the spacecraft's tape recorder. Playbacks will continue through January
     1995. It is not yet certain whether the data relate to meteor bolides (the comet
     fragment enterng Jupiter's atmosphere) or to the subsequent explosion and fireball.
     Once all the Galileo, Hubble Space Telescope and groundbased data are integrated,
     an excellent start-to-finish characterization of these remarkable phenomena will be
     available. The Galileo project, whose primary mission is the exploration of the Jupiter
     system in 1995 through 1997, is managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for
     NASA's Office of Space Science.