The Galileo Program

The Galileo Program - Jupiters moons are called Io, Europa,...

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The Galileo Program The Galileo program was a NASA space mission which launched a spacecraft for the purpose of traveling to Jupiter and gathering information on the planet and its moons. Galileo began orbiting Jupiter in December, 1995 The spacecraft was the first ever to take a direct sample of Jupiter’s atmosphere It was intended to orbit Jupiter 11 times over 23 months but was extended and orbited an additional 24 times It had multiple encounters with all of Jupiter’s moons and was able to gather a large amount of information on them
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Unformatted text preview: Jupiters moons are called Io, Europa, Ganymede, Callisto, and Amalthea The mission ended in 2003 with Galileos descent into Jupiters atmosphere It discovered evidence of layers of salt water on Europa, Ganymede and Callisto It also discovered extreme levels of volcanic activity on Io The craft was originally designed for a 3 and a half year direct flight to Jupiter but the path was changed to use other planets gravity to slingshot in a 6 year indirect flight...
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