Vintage Space: Ulysses Launched on This Day in 1990This sun-studying spacecraft captured unparalleled data
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Ulysses was launched by the Space Shuttle Discovery on mission STS-41. Initially, Ulysses was aimed toward Jupiter, whose gravity field helped boomerang the spacecraft into orbit around the sun.
It took awhile to reach its destination, but between 1994 and 1995, Ulysses began piecing together a unique, 3-D image of the sun. In late October of 1995, after traveling two billion miles between the solar poles it sent back spectacular images and data of them to Earth.
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