The European Space Agency releases the first selfies of the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) with Earth in the background.
The newly released images were taken hours after JUICE, the first spacecraft to orbit another planet’s moon, lifted off from Kourou Spaceport, French Guiana, at 7:14 p.m. on 02/14 (CET). Hanoi). The ship soared into space aboard the Ariane 5 rocket after missing the previous launch period on April 13 due to poor weather conditions.
The ship’s first selfie in space.
Earth is far behind (left) and the JUICE spacecraft’s longest antenna (right) in the spacecraft’s first selfies. (Photo: EЅA).
JUICE is equipped with numerous cameras, including two body-mounted cameras to monitor the implementation of different systems such as solar batteries and antennas, Space April 18 was reported. These cameras are responsible for the first instant selfies, resolution of 1024 x 1024 pixels. The image is then processed and the color slightly adjusted.
JUICE 1 Surveillance Camera (JMC1) located in front of the spacecraft, facing diagonally up to observe part of the solar battery system. He can also see the ship’s antennae once deployed. In addition, the vessel is also equipped with JUƖCE 2 (JMC2) surveillance cameras. This camera is located on top of the spacecraft and will observe the antenna named Radar Exploration of Frozen Moons (RIME) 16m in length.
RIME’s primary mission, currently being finalized and expected to be partially open in the near future, will be to probe beneath the icy crust of Jupiter’s three moons: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto. This work will help scientists study the subterranean oceans hidden beneath the icy surfaces of the moons. Scientists will find out if these moons have environments that support life.
JUICE also has a science camera for high resolution photography of Jupiter and its icy moons. The spacecraft is expected to reach the Jupiter system in 2031, after an eight-year journey.
Surveillance cameras will operate throughout the mission, including during the ship’s return to Earth, scheduled for August 2024, to receive gravitational support (taking advantage of the gravity of celestial bodies to change direction and increase speed) from the Earth-Moon system. This is the first Earth-Moon Gravitational Assist (LEGA) achieved in the history of space travel.
The cameras were also able to capture impressive images of Venus when JUICE will receive gravitational support from the planet in 2025. The spacecraft will visit Earth again in 2026, when it will receive heavy support from the final force to reach orbit. of Jupiter.
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The European Space Agency has just released the first selfies of the icy lunar probe Jupiter (JUICE) with Earth in the background. Images…