Air Date: November 30, 2009

Title: When Galileo fell into Jupiter

Author: Adam Fuller

Performer: Adam Fuller

Abstract: In December 1995, NASA’s unmanned spacecraft, Galileo, dropped a probe into Jupiter’s atmosphere and provided us with the first in situ observations of an outer planet’s atmosphere. Getting the probe into an atmosphere with six times Earth’s gravity and twenty times Earth’s atmospheric pressure was extremely difficult. Having the probe enter in a scientifically interesting location even more so. In this podcast we’ll discuss how NASA dealt with these issues as well as what we learned from the Galileo probe and orbiter.

Bio: Adam Fuller is currently a graduate student in the Earth and Planetary Sciences department at Johns Hopkins University. He graduated from Columbia University with a B.S. in Astrophysics this past May. He also has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (How ‘bout them Heels!). His research interests include planetary science, meteorology, and astrobiology. Outside of school he is an avid marathoner, an undrafted NBA free agent, and a dedicated uncle to three proto-astrophysicists.

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