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Galileo Preparations - GPN-2000-000672.jpg
Descent Module.jpeg
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
Satellite of:Jupiter
Orbital insertion date:1995-12-08
Launch date:1989-10-18
Launch vehicle:Space Shuttle Atlantis
Launch site:Kennedy Space Center
Mission duration:December 8, 1995 -
September 21, 2003
NSSDC ID:1989-084B
Webpage:Galileo Project Home Page
Mass:2380 kg
Power:570 watts

Galileo was an unmanned NASA spacecraft. It explored the planet Jupiter and its moons. Galileo was launched in 1989 and it arrived at Jupiter in 1995.

Galileo was made up of two parts: an orbiter and a probe. The orbiter went into orbit around the planet on December 8, 1995[1] and went down into Jupiter's atmosphere and was crushed on September 21, 2003.[2] The probe was released from the orbiter on July 13, 1995 and it went towards Jupiter.[1][3] It reached Jupiter on December 7, 1995 and went down into the atmosphere.[1][3] The probe gathered data for 57 minutes until the great atmospheric heat and pressure destroyed it.[1][3]