On this day: September 21

POSTED: 4:09 PM Sep 20 2012   UPDATED: 12:00 AM Sep 21 2012

"The Hobbit" is published for the first time, Jimmy Hendrix becomes Jimi, Sandra Day O'Connor is confirmed as the first female Supreme Court justice, and a track superstar dies, all on this day.

OTD September 21 - Galileo probe
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NASA

2003: The Galileo mission, after 14 years in space and eight years spent exploring Jupiter and its moons, is terminated by sending the probe into Jupiter's atmosphere, where it is crushed by the pressure at the lower altitudes. The probe was destroyed to avoid any chance of it contaminating local moons with terrestrial bacteria.

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