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Examine Probe data

Probe data can be used with a spreadsheet or data analysis program to help students analyze and make interpretations.

Galileo: Probe Into Jupiter: curriculum supplement for planetary science and astronomy (Grade Level 9-12; audience: teachers and advanced students)
Date Issued: September 1995
Topics covered: Galileo Mission to Jupiter, Jupiter's atmosphere, history of exploration of Jupiter.

You may download electronic versions of the Brief file by clicking on the links below. If you need a reader for the Acrobat file, click here. The postscript file canot be viewed, but may be printed out on a postscript printer. Acrobat pdf (432 K)

Postscript (6,963 K)

Arrival Day Poster (8 panels)

Galileo Arrival at Jupiter (47K)
The Two Galileos (21K)
Playing Cosmic Billiards (61K) (2 panels)
Io: A Volcanic Puzzle (45K)
Danger: High Radiation Levels Ahead! (27K)
Why Do We Need a Probe to Study Jupiter's Atmosphere? (25K)
Jupiter's Atmosphere (38K)

Curriculum Module Volume 1 (18 pages, 17-34K apiece)

Page 1: Intro, crossword puzzle
Page 2: Jupiter quiz
Page 3: Planet Size Comparison Exercise
Page 4:Planet Structure, Relative and Absolute spin
Page 5: Jupiter's 'Monstrous' Magnetosphere
Page 6: Catch a (light) wave
Page 7: What does the spacecraft look like?
Page 8: Engineering Instruments, using thrusters
Page 9: Jupiter's Weather Forecast
Page 10: Moons of Jupiter exercise
Page 11: Moons of Jupiter, gravity assist
Page 12: Data Compression Exercise
Page 13: Data Compression Exercise
Page 14: Hearing Galileo's Whisper, bibliography
Page 15: Answer key
Page 16: Answer key
Page 17: Answer key
Page 18: Answer key

Educator's Slide Set Volume 1
20 slides showing Galileo's launch, the most spectacular images from flybys of the Earth, Moon, Venus, Asteroids Gaspra and Ida and the Shoemaker-Levy/9 impacts, accompanied by descriptions, suggestions on educational activities, and background material not found anywhere else. The set is available for purchase (look at ordering information).

Pointers to other Web sites

Galileo SSI Education Planetary Curriculum Module for Middle School Classes, '96-'97 school year
Galileo Project at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Galileo Probe at NASA Ames Research Center



The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Teaching Resource Center offers several videotape collections that are free in exchange for a new, quality brand VHS cassette still in shrinkwrap. Four separate tapes feature segments relating to Galileo and/or Jupiter:

"The Rocky Road to Jupiter" was a NOVA documentary about Galileo that aired in 1987. The video itself is no longer in distribution, but transcripts are available through Journal Graphics (303) 831-9000.


The Planets
Gustav Holst

Holst's masterwork is a suite of pieces, each written to "describe" a different planet. A standard for planetaria, it can also be used to help set a mood for creative writing assignments, or as background music for science activities.

Symphony 41: The "Jupiter" Symphony
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

The nickname "Jupiter" originated in Britain, and not with Mozart. Jupiter, the grandest of the Roman gods, was known as the bringer of joviality. Since the symphony expresses grandeur and joviality, the nickname fits.

There are any number of songs that contain references to Jupiter or Galileo. For starters:


2001: A Space Odyssey

The Arthur C Clark science fiction classics bring Jupiter into the story line. Students may also be interested in seeing the resulting films (be aware that 2001 is a difficult film for younger students (and many older!) to understand).

Bullfinch's Mythology

Jupiter and its moons are named for the ruler of Mount Olympus and many of the individuals, both divine and mortal, who entered his life. A brief summary of Jupiter's mythology is available through Online From Jupiter, but students may be interested in a more complete version.


Moons of Jupiter
Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS)
Lawrence Hall of Science, 1993

This unit in the GEMS series contains classroom activities, background on Jupiter, an extensive bibilography, and more. Highly recommended. The Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley also sponsors occasional "Moons of Jupiter" workshops. Contact them at (510)642-7771 for further information on workshops, purchasing guides, and any questions.


Spacecraft Models

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employee Recreation Center sells a paper model of the spacecraft that, when completed, makes a nice hanging mobile. $11 + shipping and handling. Contact the ERC at (818) 354-6120 for further information.

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