Resources for Learning
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
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
Pointers to other Web sites
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 Best of JPL" includes "Galileo: Earth/Moon Encounter II" and
"Galileo: The Jovian Laboratory."
- "JPL Computer Graphics" includes "Galileo/Earth Encounter 2: Flight
over the Moon," "Galileo/Earth Encounter 2: Images of Earth,"
"Galileo/Earth Encounter 2: A Last View of Earth," "Gaspra Closest
Approach Animation," "Galileo: The Jovian Laboratory," and "Jupiter
Magnetosphere Computer Animation."
- "Science Education From Space" includes "Third Step to Jupiter."
- "The Travels of Voyager" contains numerous movies and stills from the
Voyager 1 and 2 Jupiter flybys.
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
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
There are any number of songs that contain references to Jupiter or
Galileo. For starters:
- Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody," immortalized in the film "Wayne's
World," has a line about Galileo
- Old standard "Fly Me to the Moon" brings to mind Frank Sinatra
singing "Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter and Mars"
- "The Age of Aquarius" from the musical "Hair" starts out with some
astrological references to Jupiter
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).
Jupiter and its moons are named for the ruler of Mount Olympus and many
individuals, both divine and mortal, who entered his life. A brief
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
extensive bibilography, and more. Highly recommended. The Lawrence Hall
in Berkeley also sponsors occasional "Moons of Jupiter" workshops.
Contact them at
(510)642-7771 for further information on workshops, purchasing guides,
The Jet Propulsion Laboratory Employee Recreation Center sells a paper
model of the
spacecraft that, when completed, makes a nice hanging mobile. $11 +
handling. Contact the ERC at (818) 354-6120 for further information.
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