Galileo Suffers Glitch on Io Flyby
The Galileo spacecraft ran into problems on Thursday just as controllers were preparing it to make a flyby of Io, Jupiter's closest moon. The spacecraft entered "safe mode" only 28 minutes before its closest approach to Io, and flew past without taking any more pictures. It's believed that intense radiation from Jupiter shut the probe down. Even with the temporary shut down, the flyby fulfilled its main objective: to slingshot the spacecraft into an orbit that will slam it into Jupiter in 2003.