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10 Things: July 10

The Galileo spacecraft's 14-year odyssey came to an end on Sunday, Sept. 21, when the spacecraft passed into Jupiter's shadow then disintegrated in the planet's dense atmosphere at 11:57 a.m. (PDT). The Deep Space Network tracking station in Goldstone, Calif., received the last signal at 12:43:14 (PDT). The delay is due to the time it takes the signal to travel to Earth.

The spacecraft was purposely put on a collision course with Jupiter because the onboard propellant was nearly depleted and to eliminate any chance of an unwanted impact between the spacecraft and Jupiter's moon Europa, which Galileo discovered is likely to have a subsurface ocean.

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News Resources

Galileo End of Mission Press Kit
September 2003 (PDF)
Galileo Fact Sheet
March 2003 (PDF)
 

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