Space & Astronomy
Europe selects 'Juice' Jupiter mission
By T.K. Randall
May 3, 2012 · 11 comments
Image Credit: NASA/JHU/APL
The European Space Agency is to send a 1bn-Euro space probe to visit Jupiter and its icy moons.
Nicknamed 'Juice', the new mission will launch in 2022 with the goal of studying both Jupiter and icy moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede over an eight year period. It will become the first spacecraft to ever orbit this type of moon with plans to crash land in to the surface once the mission is over.
One of the main goals of the probe would be to determine if life could exist on or below the ice."There are four conditions required for life to form," said Prof Michele Dougherty. "The great thing about the icy moons in the Jupiter system is that we think those four conditions might exist there; and Juice will tell us if that is the case."
The European Space Agency (Esa) is to mount a billion-euro mission to Jupiter and its icy moons.
Source: BBC News
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