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Mission Timeline

Date Event
Launch + Polar Orbit Insertion
6 Oct 1990  Launch on the Space Shuttle "Discovery"
30 Dec 1990  1st Opposition (SPE = 3.4°, SEP = 174.7°)
21 Aug 1991  1st Conjunction (SPE = 0.3°, SEP = 1.1°)
8 Feb 1992  Jupiter Closest Approach (6.3 Rj)
1st Solar Orbit
15 Feb 1992  1st Aphelion (5.40 AU)
27 Feb 1992  2nd Opposition (SPE = 0.1°, SEP = 179.4°)
26 Aug 1992  Maximum Earth range (6.27 AU)
2 Sep 1992  2nd Conjunction (SPE = 1.5°, SEP = 7.7°)
1 Mar 1993  3rd Opposition (SPE = 4.6°, SEP = 156.4°)
4 Sep 1993  3rd Conjunction (SPE = 5.8°, SEP = 25.6°)
26 Jun 1994  Start of 1st South Polar Pass
13 Sep 1994  Maximum South Solar Latitude (-80.2°)
5 Nov 1994  End of 1st South Polar Pass
4 Mar 1995  4th Conjunction (SPE = 4.3°, SEP = 5.8°)
12 Mar 1995  1st Perihelion (1.34 AU)
13 Mar 1995  Ecliptic crossing
9 Jun 1995  Minimum Earth range (2.01 AU)
19 Jun 1995  Start of 1st North Polar Pass
31 Jul 1995  Maximum North Solar Latitude (+80.2°)
29 Sep 1995  End of 1st North Polar Pass
24 Feb 1997  4th Opposition (SPE = 5.6°, SEP = 151.6°)
30 Aug 1997  5th Conjunction (SPE = 2.0°, SEP = 10.5°)
26 Feb 1998  5th Opposition (SPE = 0.8°, SEP = 175.7°)
2nd Solar Orbit
17 Apr 1998  2nd Aphelion (5.41 AU)
9 May 1998  Ecliptic crossing
28 Aug 1998  Maximum Earth range (6.36 AU)
1 Sep 1998  6th Conjunction (SPE = 0.9°, SEP = 4.8°)
1 Mar 1999  6th Opposition (SPE = 3.5°, SEP = 161.5°)
5 Sep 1999  7th Conjunction (SPE = 4.6°, SEP = 21.6°)
6 Sep 2000  Start of 2nd South Polar Pass
27 Nov 2000  Maximum South Solar Latitude (-80.2°)
16 Jan 2001  End of Second South Polar Pass
23 May 2001  2nd Perihelion (1.34 AU)
25 May 2001  Ecliptic crossing
19 Jul 2001  Minimum Earth range (1.34 AU)
31 Aug 2001  Start of 2nd North Polar Pass
13 Oct 2001  Maximum North Solar Latitude (+80.2°)
10 Dec 2001  End of 2nd North Polar Pass
30 Aug 2003  8th Conjunction (SPE = 2.7°, SEP = 13.6°)
4 Feb 2004  Jupiter Closest Approach (1684 Rj)
26 Feb 2004  7th Opposition (SPE = 1.6°, SEP = 171.6°)
3rd Solar Orbit
30 Jun 2004  3rd Aphelion (5.41 AU)
14 Jul 2004  Ecliptic crossing
29 Aug 2004  Maximum Earth range (6.40 AU)
1 Sep 2004  9th Conjunction (SPE = 0.4°, SEP = 2.0°)
28 Feb 2005  8th Opposition (SPE = 2.7°, SEP = 165.8°)
4 Sep 2005  10th Conjunction (SPE = 3.8°, SEP = 18.4°)
17 Nov 2006  Start of 3rd South Polar Pass
7 Feb 2007  Maximum South Solar Latitude (-79.7°)
3 Apr 2007  End of 3rd South Polar Pass
18 Aug 2007  3rd Perihelion (1.39 AU)
19 Aug 2007  Ecliptic crossing
27 Aug 2007  Minimum Earth range (0.42 AU)
30 Nov 2007  Start of 3rd North Polar Pass
14 Jan 2008  Maximum North Solar Latitude (79.8°)
15 Mar 2008  End of 3rd North Polar Pass

Table legend

Rj = Jupiter radii
SPE = Sun-Probe-Earth angle
SEP = Sun-Earth-Probe angle


Last Update: 18 July 2007

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