JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) Mission


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    • The JUICE mission will be the first time that the European Space Agency (ESA) has sent a spacecraft beyond the asteroid belt.

    JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer)

    • About:
      • JUICE is the first large-class mission in the ESA Cosmic Vision 2015-2025 programme. 
      • The spacecraft will launch on an Ariane 5 in April 2023 on an eight-year journey including gravity assist flybys of Earth and Venus before arriving in the Jupiter system in 2031.
    • Goals: 
      • It will spend at least three years making detailed observations of the giant gaseous planet Jupiter and three of its largest moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.
      • It will understand if the oceans of these icy moons could have ever been suitable habitats for life.
    • Components & Different Experiments:
      • JANUS – Camera system 
      • MAJIS – Moons and Jupiter Imaging Spectrometer
      • UVS – UV imaging Spectrograph 
      • SWI – Sub-millimeter Wave Instrument
      • GALA – GAnymede Laser Altimeter
      • RIME – Radar for Icy Moons Exploration
      • J-MAG – A magnetometer instrument for JUICE
      • PRIDE – Planetary Radio Interferometer & Doppler Experiment

    Source: skyatnightmagazine