Top: The Galileo orbiter is prepared for mating with the IUS booster
Bottom: The Galileo probe
|Mission type:||Orbiter, Fly-by|
|Flyby of:||Venus, Earth, 951 Gaspra, 243 Ida|
|Orbital insertion date:||1995-12-08|
|Launch vehicle:||Space Shuttle Atlantis|
|Launch site:||Kennedy Space Center|
|Mission duration:||December 8, 1995 -
September 21, 2003
|Webpage:||Galileo Project Home Page|
Galileo was made up of two parts: an orbiter and a probe. 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. 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.
Images for kids
Galileo (spacecraft) Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.