December 21, 2002 |
NASA's Galileo spacecraft has begun transmitting data again after strong radiation near Jupiter had left its tape recorder inoperable for weeks. Galileo's flight team traced the problem to a light-emitting diode and completed a long-distance repair job. "We hope this will be the best data set that's ever been collected about the inner region of Jupiter's magnetic environment," said Dr. Torrence Johnson, Galileo project scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
November 30, 2002 |
After receiving heavy doses of electronics-crippling radiation while flying past Jupiter's small inner moon Amalthea on Nov. 5, the Galileo spacecraft appears to be functioning again. The radiation levels forced the orbiter into safe, standby mode for a week. But a Jet Propulsion Laboratory flight team is still trying to determine why a tape recorder used for storing data has not resumed functioning.
November 9, 2002 |
NASA's workhorse spacecraft Galileo made a final flyby of Jupiter's moon Amalthea in what is expected to mark the end of the science-gathering portion of its 13-year mission. NASA officials said Galileo flew within 99 miles of Amalthea, a brilliant red, egg-shaped moon, then swung closer to Jupiter than it ever has before. The team plans to crash the probe into Jupiter in September.
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December 31, 2000 |
A spacecraft that was supposed to die a natural death in 1997 is now being joined near Jupiter by a newer craft, unexpectedly giving scientists the chance to "double team" the giant gas planet, officials at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena said Saturday.
August 25, 2000 |
New evidence from a fly-by of Jupiter's moon Europa has yielded the most compelling evidence yet that a vast ocean of water lies beneath the moon's ice-covered surface, UCLA researchers report today. Using data from the Galileo space probe, the scientists detected a strong magnetic field under the moon's surface, which they said can be accounted for only by the presence of salt water.
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April 27, 2000
The first close-up pictures of three small inner moons of Jupiter have been received from the Galileo spacecraft, which took them during a risky trip through the planet's lethal radiation belts in January. Previous pictures of Thebe, Amalthea and Metis had shown only very large features, while the new images show details as small as 1.2 miles across. The new images show 25-mile-wide craters on both Thebe and Amalthea and a 31-mile-long bright streak on Amalthea.