The European Space Agency’s (ESA) JUICE mission will launch on April 13, with its destination Jupiter.
Jupiter Exploration Mission (JUICE) With a journey of approximately 740 million km, lasting 8 years, managed by the ESA, it will be launched at 7:15 p.m. on April 13.
An Ariane 5 rocket was launched from French Guiana on April 5, 2018, carrying two commercial communications satellites into Earth orbit. (Photo: Arianespace).
In this mission, Ariane 5 rocket will bring observation devices to explore 3 of the 4 main moons of Jupiter, the largest planet in the solar system.
Due to the complexity of the flight path, the Ariane 5 rocket will likely have to complete the entire takeoff process in just 1 second. It will also be the last Ariane 5 flight, after more than 30 years of service.
Rocket inside JUICE Mission is expected to reach Jupiter’s orbit in July 2031, more than 8 years from now.
Here, the system continues to spend about 3 1/2 years moving around the planet, simultaneously Explore 3 of Jupiter’s 4 main moons, including: Europa, Ganymede and Callisto.
Among them, Ganymede and Callisto are the two main objectives of the mission, as it is believed to be the place with the highest life.
The Ariane 5 rocket must launch into the air in less than 1 second. (Photo: ESA).
Theo ESAThe JUICE spacecraft will operate in a harsh environment with high radiation levels, created by the combination of Jupiter’s powerful magnetic field and charged particles emitted by the planet and its nearby volcanic moon.
Due to the effects of radiation, spacecraft designers had to hide most important electronic equipment in two lead-lined vaults. Basically, it’s like a miniature nuclear bunker placed on a ship.
However, this still cannot prevent the ship’s solar panels from degrading very quickly due to high radiation levels.
To prevent the JUICE spacecraft from becoming uncontrolled space waste, ESA plans to land it on the surface of the moon Ganymede when it completes its work.
Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest satellite, is a place where life may be hidden (Photo: Getty).
The reason scientists are so interested in Jupiter’s moons is that they appear to contain immense oceans of liquid water hidden under ice shells tens of kilometers thick.
Among these oceans, it is entirely possible that one or more conditions favorable to fundamental life forms exist.
However, even if JUICE fails to find evidence of life on Jupiter’s moons, this mission will still help scientists better understand the existence of environments suitable for life on Jupiter outside of Earth.
If the mission goes smoothly, it will be a new milestone for humanity, with for the first time a spacecraft traveling around a moon other than Earth’s.
The mission would also pave the way for a series of possible future landing missions to Jupiter’s ocean worlds.
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