Europa’s JUICE mission to Jupiter’s moons prepares for launch on April 14

Europa’s mission to explore three icy moons of Jupiter is ready to begin its journey to the outer solar system.

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, also known as JUICE, will study Europa, Ganymede and Callisto to provide insights into their nature, evolution, possible subsurface oceans and potential to harbor life. JUICE has undergone final testing at the Airbus facility in Toulouse, France, and will soon begin its journey to ESAs Guyana Space Center spaceport in French Guiana on South America’s Atlantic coast. From there, the 13,670-pound (6,200-kilogram) spacecraft will launch on one of the last two Ariane 5 rockets.

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