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Pictures of the Galileo Spacecraft

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Line Drawing of Galileo Spacecraft Line Drawing of Galileo with Callouts
This figure shows the locations of many of Galileo's main structural and scientific components.
Galileo Being Prepared for Launch Getting Ready for Launch
This photo shows the Galileo spacecraft being prepared for mating to its Inertial Upper Stage. The black and gold fabric that covers the spacecraft is designed to protect it from both the heat of the sun and the chill of interplanetary space. The conical structure near the bottom of the spacecraft conceals the atmospheric probe, which dropped into the Jovian atmosphere on December 7, 1995.
Galileo Undergoing Environmental Testing 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 that they will encounter in space. The high gain antenna can be seen fully extended.
Galileo Launch on the Shuttle Shuttle Launch
The space shuttle Atlantis lifted off in 1989 with Galileo onboard.
Galileo Being Deployed from the Shuttle Deployment from the Shuttle
The Galileo spacecraft and its Inertial Upper Stage booster rocket were deployed from the space shuttle Atlantis October 18, 1989. Shortly thereafter, the booster rocket fired and separated, sending Galileo on its six-year journey to the planet Jupiter. Upon its arrival at Jupiter in December 1995, Galileo released a probe into the atmosphere so that scientists could survey the composition of the planet's clouds. The orbiter has relayed probe information, surveyed its surroundings, and photographed Jupiter and some of its major satellites.

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