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2009-10-16 15:15:00

NASA's Galileo spacecraft began what would become a 14-year odyssey of exploration 20 years ago this Sunday, Oct. 18. Galileo was humanity's first emissary to orbit a planet in the outer solar system - Jupiter. Galileo was launched into space aboard the space shuttle Atlantis on Oct. 18, 1989, from Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The crew of Atlantis deployed Galileo out of the shuttle's cargo bay only hours after launch. Then, a little over seven hours after leaving Earth, Galileo was...


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2012-03-24 09:37:55

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on October 18, 1989 at 12:53 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on October 23 at 9:33 AM EDT. The shuttle orbited 79 times at an altitude of 185 nautical miles at an inclination of 34.3 degrees and travelled 2 million miles.  The mission lasted 4 days, 23 hours, 39 minutes, and 21 seconds. The purpose of the mission was to launch the Galileo probe to Jupiter. The Galileo/Jupiter spacecraft and attached Inertial Upper Stage (IUS), was...

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2012-03-24 09:33:33

Atlantis launched from Kennedy Space Center on May 4, 1989 at 2:46 PM EDT and landed at Edwards Air Force Base on May 8 at 12:43 PM PDT. The shuttle orbited 65 times at an altitude of 184 nautical miles at an inclination of 28.8 degrees and travelled 1.7 million miles. The mission lasted 4 days, 0 hours, 56 minutes, and 27 seconds. The primary mission was the launch of the Magellan probe that would travel to and study the planet Venus, adding vastly to our store of knowledge about our...

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2011-04-11 13:32:37

Franklin Diaz Franklin Diaz is a Costa Rican-American engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. He was born Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz on April 5, 1950 in San José, Costa Rica. His father is of Chinese descent and his mother is of Spanish and Costa Rican descent. He studied at La Salle School, and then he moved to the United States to finish high school. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Connecticut in 1973, and later went...

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2010-10-29 20:17:24

Ellen Baker is an American physician and a NASA astronaut. She was born Ellen Louise Shulman Baker on April 27, 1953 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She was raised in New York City and graduated from Bayside High School in 1970. She then attended the University at Buffalo and earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in geology in 1974. She then enrolled at Cornell University and earned her doctorate in medicine four years later. After completing medical school, Baker went to the University of...

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2004-10-19 04:45:44

Galileo Probe -- The Galileo probe was an unmanned probe sent by NASA to study the planet Jupiter and its moons. Named after the astronomer Galileo Galilei, it was launched on October 18 1989 by the Space Shuttle Atlantis and arrived at Jupiter on December 7 1995. Galileo's launch had been significantly delayed by the hiatus in Space Shuttle launches that occurred after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, and new safety protocols that were implemented as a result forced Galileo to use...

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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
'Jument' ultimately comes from the Latin 'jugum,' yoke.
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