02/09/2003. Contributed by Jessica Martin
Space artist David A. Hardy celebrates the end of the Galileo probe in a fab new illustration. And it's free for web sites to use too (as long as he's credited).
As you know, the end of the Galileo probe is less than a month away.
It was launched by Space Shuttle Atlantis in October 1989, and despite the apparently disastrous failure of its high-gain antenna, which remained partially furled, it was a spectacular success.
Not only did it send us much valuable scientific data, but beautiful images of Jupiter and its moons, especially Io. Plus, it imaged the Earth, Venus, the Moon, and several asteroids during its lifetime.
On the 21st September 2003 it will be allowed to plunge into the dense atmosphere of Jupiter, where it will burn up like a meteor (no doubt evoking sad memories of Columbia for many).
It will be on the side of Jupiter turned away from Earth at this time, which means that it will also be the night side of Jupiter.
David A. Hardy has produced a stunning image of the scene, which is available (at normal rates) for publishing or TV use, and free of charge for use on websites, providing it is correctly credited '(c) David A Hardy. http://www.astroart.org'.
You may view this rather lovely piece of work at:
... and higher-resolution images may be supplied by David on request.
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