November 13, 2008

Ulysses Placed in Low-Earth Orbit

After launch, Ulysses was placed in a low-Earth orbit and then two propulsion modules (separating from the Shuttle cargo bay in this video) injected it into an interplanetary orbit. 16 months later, on 8 February 1992, Ulysses reached Jupiter for the gravity-assist manoeuvre that placed the spacecraft in a polar orbit around the Sun.

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