Conference “On the way to Jupiter with the ESA Juice mission!”

On April 14 at 14:14, the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, Juice, is launched to the Jupiter system from the Kourou launch base (French Guiana) aboard an Ariane 5.

This launch mark the beginning of an eight-year journey to Jupiter! From 2031 to 2034, the Juice probe equipped with 10 scientific instruments will study the Jupiter system – the giant planet, its magnetosphere, and its main moons, Ganymede, Callisto and Europa.

ESA Juice mission – Copyright : NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Kevin M. Gill/VR2Planets

In December 2034, it will orbit Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon, for a few months of detailed observations to characterize the source of its amazing magnetic field, map its rugged surface, and uncover the mysteries of its internal ocean.

The Laboratoire de Planétologie et Géosciences has been strongly involved in this mission since the birth of the project in 2007. 8 researchers and engineers are currently associated with the Juice mission and participate in the preparation of future observations for the mapping of the surface of the moons and the geophysical survey of their interior.

Published on March 27th, 2023