ESA's JUICE lifts off on 14. April 2023
ESA's JUICE lifts off on 14. April 2023 (C) ESA

The JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer) mission by the European Space Agency (ESA) aims to explore Jupiter and its icy moons. It was launched on 14 April 2023 and is expected to reach Jupiter in July 2031. JUICE's primary objective is to study three of Jupiter's largest moons: Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. The mission aims to investigate the moons' potential for supporting life by studying their subsurface oceans, geology, and atmospheres. 

JUICE will also examine the interaction between the moons and Jupiter's powerful magnetosphere. The spacecraft will conduct remote sensing observations, including high-resolution imaging, radar sounding, and spectral analysis. Of particular importance are three magnetometers, which were calibrated and tested within the Merritt coil system at the Conrad Observatory of GeoSphere Austria. One of these magnetometers was developed and constructed by IWF and TU Graz. The mission will provide valuable insights into the formation and evolution of Jupiter's icy moons, their potential habitability, and their connection to the overall understanding of our solar system.


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