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Galileo to Jupiter

Galileo was the first spacecraft to enter orbit around an outer planet. It arrived at Jupiter in December 1995. It dropped a probe into Jupiter’s turbulent atmosphere, then observed Jupiter and its moons for seven more years. Its mission ended when it was intentionally crashed into Jupiter. Galileo’s success was limited by a failed radio antenna that reduced the amount of data it could transmit to Earth.

Resources

Jupiter's Moons February 19, 2016

Jupiter

Jupiter February 10, 2016

Radio Programs

Moon and Jupiter Dropping in on Jupiter December 30, 2015

Journey’s End A long journey comes to an end September 20, 2013

Asteroid Moons Asteroids with small companions August 27, 2013

Galileo at Gaspra A first encounter with a space rock October 28, 2011

Moon and Jupiter Preventing alien contamination January 8, 2011

Featured Images

Artist's concept of Galileo Jupiter probe

Dropping In December 30, 2015

Galileo enters Jupiter's atmosphere

Fiery Farewell September 21, 2013

Composite Galileo image of Jupiter's volcanic moon Io

Jovian Adventure August 30, 2013

Galileo spacecraft mosaic of Ganymede, largest moon of Jupiter

Two-Toned Moon December 5, 2011

Galileo view of Gaspra, the first asteroid visited by a spacecraft

First Encounter October 29, 2011

The giant volcano Pele erupts on Jupiter's moon Io

Fire Mountain October 13, 2011