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Galileo craft recovers from glitch, gets photos

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PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — The Galileo spacecraft recovered from a computer glitch, allowing it to take at least some of the last planned images of its 13-year mission to Jupiter, NASA said Friday.

The aging robotic probe was expected to acquire images of Jupiter's moons Amalthea and Europa, as well as of the planet itself, through Sunday.

Galileo automatically shut down its camera and other science instruments Thursday after the spacecraft detected a computer reset, most likely caused by the intense radiation environment at Jupiter.

Because of the glitch, the spacecraft failed to take pictures during a flyby that took it within 63 miles of the volcanic surface of the moon Io.