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Galileo Jupiter Orbit Insertion
December 7, 1995


Galileo View of Io and Jupiter (Computer Generated Image).

Overhead view

Overhead View of Jupiter (UTC). The green line is the Galileo orbiter's trajectory. The orbits of the four Galilean satellites are shown (from the center, Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto). The direction towards the Sun and the Earth is towards the top of the image.

The Galileo spacecraft arrived at Jupiter on December 7, 1995, and fired its main engine for 49 minutes for a successful orbit capture around Jupiter. On the same day, Galileo's atmospheric probe plunged into Jupiter's atmosphere, and relayed information on the structure and composition of the solar system's largest planet.


Galileo News

Live Events - December 7, 1995

Additional Information on Galileo's Jupiter Arrival

Images of the Probe Entry Site

Galileo Probe Animations

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