Number 106 (Story #3), December 14, 1992 by Phillip F. Schewe and Ben Stein|
THE GALILEO SPACECRAFT GOT A GRAVITY BOOST from the Earth on its Dec. 8 close encounter. On its way by, Galileo offloaded more images from last year's flyby of the asteroid Gaspra. Meanwhile, Galileo took many photos of Earth and, on its flight over the Moon, the first color pictures of the north lunar regions. Galileo is now traveling toward Jupiter (arrival date: Dec. 1995) at more than 8 km/sec, allowing it to cover the Earth-Moon distance in 12 hours (it took the astronauts 3 days). At the AGU meeting, Torrance Johnson of JPL said that Galileo would be taking the best photo yet showing both the Earth and Moon in one frame.