The moons of Jupiter are like a box of chocolates; you never know what you’re gonna get. Each one is unique and interesting in its own way, and studying them is like going on a cosmic treasure hunt.
First, there’s Io, the volcanic moon that’s like the fiery, hot-headed sibling of the bunch. It’s covered in lava lakes and geysers, and is always bursting with activity. It’s like the wild child of the family, always causing a commotion and never boring.
Then there’s Europa, the icy moon that’s like the mysterious, enigmatic cousin. It’s thought to have a subsurface ocean beneath its frozen exterior and could potentially harbor life. It’s like the mysterious stranger in the family, always keeping us guessing and wanting to know more.
Ganymede is the largest moon in the solar system. It’s like the gentle giant of the family, always towering above the rest. It’s also the only moon known to have a magnetic field, and scientists believe it could have a subsurface ocean as well, making it a fascinating object to study.
Europe’s JUICE spacecraft will launch in April to Jupiter’s moons
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), a spacecraft built by Airbus, is ready for its April launch to explore three of the moons of Jupiter, according to SN. The spacecraft has undergone final assembly and testing for a year and a half in France and has been equipped with a 100-square-meter solar array to ensure it has enough power for its journey 740 million kilometers away from the sun.
The spacecraft will be shipped to French Guiana for launch on one of the Ariane 5 rockets.
JUICE will take eight years to reach Jupiter’s orbit in July 2031 and will be equipped with instruments to study magnetic fields in the system of the gas giant. Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto will also get plenty of attention from the astronomers in charge of the JUICE spacecraft.