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After a dramatically successful encounter with Venus, Galileo swung around the Sun and headed back towards Earth. Galelio's orbit  took her under Earth's south pole. Most spacecraft travelling near the Earth's poles are in very low Earth orbit, and cannot acquire panoramic views. Scientists took advantage of Galileo's orbit to study the southern polar regions of Earth and the Moon. Click on  the Earth/Galileo encounter of December 8, 1990  in the chart below to continue your journey

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