The European Space Agency launched the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) project successfully on April 14, 2023 from the ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
The Juice satellite was sent skyward on an Ariane-5 rocket from the ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana
The JUICE project aims to send a satellite to study the icy moons of Jupiter after an eight-year journey.
The spacecraft will use a gravitational sling-shot technique around Earth and Venus to give it enough energy to reach Jupiter.
The probe is worth 1.6 billion Euros and could potentially provide information on whether Jupiter’s moons have conditions that can support simple life.
Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa, Jupiter’s major moons, are believed to have large liquid-water oceans beneath their icy shells.
The probe will head towards Jupiter more directly after the gravitational sling-shot, finally reaching the gas giant in July 2031.
JUICE will perform a flyby of the huge Jovian moon Ganymede, before positioning itself into orbit around Jupiter.
Question : What is the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) project?
A) A project by NASA to explore the gas giant Jupiter.
B) A project by ESA to explore the icy moons of Jupiter.
C) A project by SpaceX to colonize Jupiter’s moons.
D) A project by ISRO to study Jupiter’s magnetic fields.
Answer: B) A project by ESA to explore the icy moons of Jupiter.