The European mission to Jupiter lifts off
After the postponement of its launch due to risk of lightning, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) successfully began its eight-year journey to Jupiter on April 14. The probe will orbit the giant gas planet as well as Jupiter’s three icy moons for three years to search for, among other things, traces of life. The University of Bern contributed to the development of several key instruments.
- Deutsch Juice: Europäische Mission erfolgreich Richtung Jupiter gestartet (original)
- Español Juice: La misión europea a Júpiter está lista para despegar
- Português Suíça participa da missão da ESA à Júpiter
- 中文 欧洲木星冰月探测器成功发射
- Français JUICE: la mission européenne pour Jupiter a décollé
- عربي مستكشف الأقمار الجليدية: إنطلاق المهمة الأوروبية لسبر أغوار كوكب المشتري
- Pусский Европейский зонд JUICE стартовал к Юпитеру
- 日本語 木星に生命は存在するか？
- 中文 歐洲木星冰月探測器成功發射
- Italiano JUICE: la missione europea che studierà Giove e le sue grandi lune
The European Space Agency missionExternal link is also specifically targeting Jupiter's second innermost moon, Europa, which is thought to have an ocean beneath its icy crust. During the flyby with JUICE, the researchers hope to collect some of the water that the moon spouts out into space. The chemical composition of this water mixture could provide clues about whether the conditions for life exist.
The University of BernExternal link has built a neutral gas and ion mass spectrometer (NIM) for the mission, with which the individual moons Ganymede, Callisto and Europa can be studied in more detail. Engineer Martina Föhn was involved in the development and calibration of NIM between 2018 and 2020 as part of her doctoral thesis.
In this episode of FOUND IN SPACE, she explains how the NIM instrument can study the atmospheres of the three icy moons, as well as the magnetic field of Ganymede, which is a rarity in our solar system.
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