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Mission Websites

Here we list links to the primary mission website as well as pages about the mission on other sites such as the NSSDC, NASA portal, etc.

The Comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9/Jupiter Impact Observing Campaign

The fragments of Comet D/Shoemaker-Levy 9 (1993 F2, also known colloquially as "SL9" during the campaign) impacted Jupiter over the course of a week in July, 1994. A coordinated observing campaign was organized and involved ground-based observatories, Earth-orbiting satellites,and interplanetary spacecraft - a couple of which were called out of retirement to attempt observations of the impact events. The observations focusing on the fragments of the comet prior to and during impact are located here at the Small Bodies Node, and are available through the links below.

Other observations were focused on Jupiter and the effects of the impacts on the Jovian atmosphere. These data are located at the PDS Atmospheres Node, as part of their Jupiter data archives (scroll down to the "Shoemaker-Levy 9 Jupiter Impact Data" section).

Ground-Based Observatories

These data were contributed by observers working at ground-based observatories around the world.

Earth-Orbiting Satellites

Two Earth-orbiting satellites observed the comet fragment impacts:

Interplanetary Spacecraft

Some interplanetary spacecraft were in a position to make observations of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 impacts. The SBN has data from the following spacecraft:

Related Datasets

Use the Small Bodies Data Ferret to find other datasets for this mission/target.