For your amusement - Galileo.

Neil T. Clifford (neil@eeyore.demon.co.uk)
Fri, 14 Jul 1995 21:17:38 +0000 (BST)

For trivia freeks the Galileo probe was awarded a COSPAR ID:

>               WORLD WARNING AGENCY FOR SATELLITES
>               WORLD DATA CENTER A FOR R & S, GSFC
>            CODE 633, GREENBELT, MARYLAND, 20771. USA
>
>
>SPACEWARN 12716
>GALILEO PROBE (1989-084E) WAS RELEASED FROM GALILEO SPACECRAFT
>ON 13 JULY 1995.

The others (1989-084) being

1989-084D       20300     US        HELIOCENTRIC ORBIT (SUN)            N/A
IUS R/B(2)                             Launched (10/18/89)
1989-084C       20299     US      397.7    34.3    22856       214   19.7749 
IUS R/B(1)                             Launched (10/18/89)
1989-084B       20298     US        HELIOCENTRIC ORBIT (SUN)            N/A  
GALILEO                                Launched (10/18/89)

I see the IUS first stage is still in Earth orbit. Besides anyone
spotting this, my supplementary question is did anyone observe Galileo
during either of its two passes as part of the VEEGA gravitational
assist maneuvers? If I remember correctly the second pass was only some
200 km above the Indian Ocean.

I was wondering whether it might be something worth trying for the
Cassini/Hugyens mission (if it gets funded :-( which I believe will need
at least a VEGA and possibly VEEGA. I guess though, that the passes
would be targeted over poorly populated areas due to the RTG's onboard.

So did anyone observe the Galileo passes or read of someone doing so? I
should imagine it would have been one hell of a mover given its speed 
( >> orbital velocity) and the low pass altitude.

best wishes,

-- 
Neil Clifford        http://www.ipp-garching.mpg.de/~bdp/satintro.html
<neil@eeyore.demon.co.uk>