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Thursday, 7 June 2018

Mission to Jupiter
On the 21st of september 2003 NASA’s spacecraft Galileo Galilei was sent into jupiter’s atmosphere. It was the end of an adventure that took 14 years that included spectacular discovery, failure and achievement.

Galileo galilei was the first person of a new generation of unmanned deep space missions following the voyager and also the pioneer probes some of which are still out there in the solar system.

Galileo spacecraft was launched  in 1989, the spacecraft was powered by radioactive decay of plutonium 238. The solar power was not an option in the depths of the solar system. Some of the people were worried about the contamination from the nuclear waste if there was ever an accident.

The launch of the spacecraft went smoothly, it was afterwards that things went good to bad.
The high - gain antenna which had to send all the information back to earth failed it was supposed to open up like an umbrella but instead it got stuck halfway.

A lot of money had been spent and now at the beginning of the 6th year adventure to jupiter, it seemed that the amazing information is gone but it would be limited to a tiny fraction that could be sent through a small antenna.



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