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Galileo in space simulation chamber

Environmental Testing

Before being launched from the shuttle, the Galileo orbiter was tested in a space simulation chamber. The test chamber, located at JPL, is designed to subject spacecraft to approximately the same environmental conditions they will encounter in space. The high-gain antenna can be seen fully extended.

The brightness and contrast of this image have been increased to expose detail of the spacecraft even though the high-gain antenna and other features remain overexposed in the bright simulated sunlight of the chamber.