Galileo (spacecraft) facts for kids
Artist's concept of Galileo at Io with Jupiter in the background; the high-gain antenna is fully deployed
|Names||Jupiter Orbiter Probe|
|Mission type||Jupiter orbiter|
|Distance travelled||4,631,778,000 km (2.88 billion mi)|
|Start of mission|
|Launch date||October 18, 1989, 16:53:40UTC|
|Rocket||Space Shuttle Atlantis
STS-34 / IUS
|Launch site||Kennedy LC-39B|
|Entered service||December 8, 1995, 01:16 UTC SCET|
|End of mission|
|Disposal||Controlled entry into Jupiter|
|Decay date||September 21, 2003, 18:57:18
September 21, 2003, 19:49:36 GMT ERT
|Orbital insertion||December 8, 1995, 01:16 UTC SCET|
|Jupiter atmospheric probe|
|Atmospheric entry||December 7, 1995, 22:04 UTC SCET|
at entry interface
Galileo was made up of two parts: an orbiter and a probe. The probe was released from the orbiter on July 13, 1995 and it went towards Jupiter. It reached Jupiter on December 7, 1995 and went down into the atmosphere. The probe gathered data for 57 minutes until the great atmospheric heat and pressure destroyed it.
The orbiter went into orbit around the planet on December 8, 1995 and went down into Jupiter's atmosphere and was crushed on September 21, 2003.
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