This is what an artist thinks Galileo looked like when it was near Jupiter. The part on the right orbited Jupiter. The piece on the left went into Jupiter's atmosphere.
Image courtesty NASA/JPL.
Galileo was a spacecraft that orbited Jupiter for eight years. It made many
discoveries about Jupiter and its moons.
Galileo was launched in 1989, and reached Jupiter in 1995. The spacecraft had
two parts. One part went into orbit around Jupiter. The other part went into
Jupiter's atmosphere using a parachute.
Jupiter has many small moons and four large moons named Io,
and Callisto. Galileo made many discoveries
about the large moons and sent back many nice pictures of them. Galileo also
helped scientists figure out how Jupiter's rings
The mission of Galileo ended in 2003. The people who controlled Galileo crashed
it into Jupiter on purpose! Galileo helped us learn a lot about Jupiter
and its moons and rings.
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