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2003-Sep-13, 02:06 AM
SUMMARY: Time is running out for NASA's Galileo spacecraft. After eight years of loyal service imaging Jupiter and its moons, NASA controllers have aimed it at the gas giant. On September 21, 2003, Galileo will crash into Jupiter and be destroyed; this will prevent any chance the spacecraft will unintentionally crash into Europa and contaminate the liquid ocean. NASA is planning a series of live press conferences to explain the end of the mission and discuss Galileo's discoveries.

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2003-Sep-13, 02:18 AM
Are they planning on gathering any data as it crashes like other probes have done? Was this the original idea?

2003-Sep-13, 03:16 PM
Will we be able to see it like the Shoemaker Levy ?

2003-Sep-15, 03:07 PM
I would like to ask the same qwestion as Josh did. And also ask if the craft could not possibly be directed to saturn?.

2003-Sep-16, 06:46 PM
The reason given for not re-directing Galileo is that there is not enough propellant left on board. According to the report, they have about enough left to nose dive it into Jupiter which will lessen (actually solve) the theory that Galileo might accidentaly crash into Europa and possibly pollute her oceans.

Anyway, as for me, I say "What a glorious end for a Grand Program.


2003-Sep-16, 06:58 PM
I don't think we'll be able to see it, but I'll ask NASA.