Galileo Full Mission Timeline

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Spacecraft Event Time. UTC/GMT Times.



Time (UTC/GMT+0)Event
1989-10-18Launch on Space Shuttle Atlantis
1990-02-10Venus Flyby (16,000 km)
1991-04-11High gain antenna fails to open properly
1991-10-08Earth Flyby 1 (960 km)
1991-10-29Asteroid Gaspra Flyby (1,600 km)
1992-12-08Earth Flyby 2 (305 km)
1993-08-28Flyby of Ida and its moon Dactyl (2,400 km)
1994-07-16Direct observation of comet S/L-9 Jupiter Impact.
1995-07-13  05:15Jupiter Probe separation
1995-07-27  06:45Trajectory correction maneuvre (orbiter deflection) - on target for orbit insertion
1995-11-19Jupiter Bow Shock Crossing
1995-12-07  13:09Closest approach to Europa during Jupiter orbit insertion (30,951 km)
1995-12-07  17:45Closest approach to Io during Jupiter orbit insertion, used as a gravity-assist (892 km)
1995-12-07  21:53Jupiter Orbit Insertion: closest approach to Jupiter (214,569 km)
1995-12-07  22:04Probe enters Jupiter atmosphere
1995-12-07  22:2249 minute Jupiter Orbit Insertion burn starts
1995-12-08  00:27Jupiter Orbit Insertion engine firing for 49 minutes
1996-03-14Apojove maneuvre
1996-03-14  19:15Perijovie raise maneuvre
1996-06-27  06:29(1) Ganymede Flyby (835 km)
1996-06-28  00:31Perijovie (11.0 RJ)
1996-09-06  19:00(2) Ganymede Flyby (262 km)
1996-11-04  13:34(3) Callisto Flyby (1,100 km)
1996-12-19  06:53(4) Europa Flyby (695 km)
1997-02-20  17:03(6) Europa Flyby (588 km)
1997-04-05  07:10(7) Ganymede Flyby (3,065 km)
1997-05-07  15:57(8) Ganymede Flyby (1,584 km)
1997-06-25  13:48(9) Callisto Flyby (416 km)
1997-09-17  00:19(10) Callisto Flyby (524 km)
1997-11-06  20:23(11) Europa Flyby (1,119 km)
1998-02-10(13) Europa Flyby
1998-03-29  13:21(14) Europa Flyby (1,645 km)
1998-05-31(15) Europa Flyby
1998-07-21(16) Europa Flyby
1998-09-26(17) Europa Flyby
1998-11-22(18) Europa Flyby
1999-02-01(19) Europa Flyby
1999-05-05(20) Callisto Flyby
1999-06-30(21) Callisto Flyby
1999-08-14(22) Callisto Flyby
1999-09-16(23) Callisto Flyby
1999-10-11(24) Io Flyby
1999-11-26(25) Io Flyby
2001-01-04Closest approach to the Cassini spacecraft (4,500,000 km)
2002-11-05Amalthea Flyby. Last flyby at a Jupiter moon for Galileo (159 km)
2003-09-21  05Passes Ganymede orbit for the last time
2003-09-21  12Passes Europe orbit for the last time
2003-09-21  15:20Passes Io orbit for the last time
2003-09-21  18:57Deliberate impact into Jupiter atmosphere