Galileo Mission to Europa
Galileo has been orbiting Jupiter since late 1995, and completed its 29th orbit in
December 2000. Galileo travels around Jupiter in elongated ovals ---
each orbit lasts about two months. By traveling at different distances from Jupiter,
Galileo can sample different parts of the planet's extensive magnetosphere. The orbits are
designed for close-up flybys of Jupiter's largest moons.
RTG = radioisotope thermoelectric
On December 16, 1997, the Galileo spacecraft flew within 200 km of
allowing its cameras to resolve details as small as 6 meters.
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