September 1989: Galileo stands in the payload hold of the Atlantis space shuttle on the launch ramp at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch window for the planned VEEGA route to Jupiter runs from October 12 to November 21, but the later the launch after October 12, the more fuel will be required to approach the two asteroids Gaspra and Ida. Shuttles have now flown five times since the tragedy, and operations are flawless. And it is not the first time for an interplanetary probe to be launched by a shuttle. Magellan, a radar orbiter dispatched to Venus in May, had been lifted into space on a shuttle. But this is the first time a shuttle will lift off carrying radioactive material.
KeywordsGravitational Wave Deep Space Network Radio Science Flight Controller Camera Platform
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