Galileo Ganymede 7 Flyby Entry Timeline

Ganymede 7 Flyby was 05 April 1997

Galileo's third flyby of Ganymede, the largest of Jupiter's Galilean satellites, occurred on 05 April 1997 at 07:10 UTC. At that time, Galileo came about 3095 km from the surface of Ganymede (or about 3.1 Ganymede radii from its center). As measured to the center of Ganymede, this is 2.6 times farther away than Galileo came to Ganymede during its closest approach on its second orbit back in September 1996. During this time, observations will also be made of the Jovian magnetosphere as well as of the other satellites of Jupiter.

The following timeline is a list of different events which will occur beginning with the official start of the Ganymede 7 (the number actually refers to the Galileo orbit number) encounter and proceding until the last data from the encounter are played back. The times are given in Universal Time (UTC) of the event at the spacecraft.

Date/Time             Instrument    Event
________              __________    _____
30 Mar  16:00                       Start of Ganymede 7 encounter
        18:48         F&P           Dawn-side plasma sheet recording

31 Mar  15:49                       Adrastea OPNAV observation

01 Apr  04:40                       Orbital Trim Maneuver (OTM) 23
        13:00         UVS/EUV       Io torus observation

02 Apr  12:19         UVS/EUV       Real-time Jupiter aurora observation
        16:42         SSI           Callisto global color image
        16:48         UVS           Jupiter auroral map
        16:51                       Callisto closest approach (637,000 km)
        18:47         NIMS          Callisto global coverage

03 Apr  02:09         SSI           First Small Red Spot observation
        05:11         NIMS          First Io monitoring observation
        17:42         SSI           Europa full-disk image
        21:11                       Io closest approach (531,000 km)

04 Apr  02:35         PPR           Europa dayside global thermal map
        05:52         NIMS          Europa Tyre Macula region
        05:59                       Europa closest approach (251,000 km)
        11:04                       Jupiter closest approach (651,000 km)

05 Apr  05:08         NIMS          Last Io monitoring observation
        06:31         SSI           Ganymede Nicholson Regio
        06:39         SSI           Ganymede Kittu region
        06:44         F&P           Ganymede Alfven wing recording
        07:10                       Ganymede closest approach (5,730 km)
        07:11         PPR           Ganymede high-resolution observation
        14:23         NIMS          Ganymede global surface map

06 Apr  15:54         NIMS          Last Small Red Spot observation
        16:00                       Start of data playback (Ganymede 7)

08 Apr  08:00                       Orbital Trim Maneuver (OTM) 24

18 Apr  18:38                       Turn for attitude maintenance

21 Apr  10:00                       Orbital Trim Maneuver (OTM) 25

22 Apr  04:00         F&P           End Ganymede 7 real-time survey

02 May  18:00         F&P           Start Ganymede 8 real-time survey

04 May  16:00                       End of data playback (Ganymede 7)

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Dr. Edwin V. Bell, II
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NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
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NASA Official: Dr. David R. Williams V1.0, 24 April 1997
Last Updated: Monday, 02-Mar-2015 13:38:12 EST, EVB II