Galileo: Journey to Jupiter Mission:
(this Galileo is not to be mistaken for the IMA Hero Galileo.)
The Galileo spacecraft was named after Galileo Galilei and is currently
exploring Jupiter and its 4 major moons.
This is a full-size Galileo spacecraft model
on display in the von Kármán Visitors' Center. Where
are all the visitors?
Here are the visitors looking at the full-size
Galileo spacecraft model which is on display for the last year at
JPL. Where's Galileo, the Bear?
Here's Galileo, the Bear, in front of Galileo,
the spacecraft, along with his new friend and JPL engineer.
Galileo and his new friend had so much fun
together so we added another picture to the Photo Gallery.
This scaled-model of the Galileo spacecraft (scale 1/25) allows
the visitors to see what the complete spacecraft looks like as it
The gold shell-shaped part in
the upper left is a sun shield protecting the low-gain antenna.
It did not completely open once it was in space. This model shows
the sun shield flattened on one side to give an accurate image of
the spacecraft (although it is difficult to see in this picture).
The long gold part in the right
on the photo is a boom which has a plasma-wave antenna and magnetometer
sensors. Its purpose is to allow these two items to operate away
from the main spacecraft. View
detailed drawing. But wait, something's
Ahhh, that's better, a picture of Galileo with Galileo.
to study Jupiter
and its moons in more detail than any previous spacecraft
October 18, 1989,
from Cape Canaveral, Florida, aboard Space Shuttle Atlantis. View
is the largest of the nine planets in our solar system and is well
known for its Great Red Spot. View
Moon: Jupiter has 61 known moons. The four largest moons
30: May 25, 2001, Galileo
made its closest pass of Callisto
86 miles above the icy surface.
will it End: on September 21, 2003, its mission will
end with a controlled impact into the crushing pressure of Jupiter's
Spacecrafts have flown by Jupiter: They are Pioneer 10,
Pioneer 11, Voyager 1, Voyager 2, Galileo, Ulysses, and Cassini.
Home Page: Galileo:
Journey to Jupiter.
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