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Juice Takes the Heat

Juice Takes the Heat – launches 2022

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Juice Takes the Heat – launches 2022

JUICE (JUpiter ICy moons Explorer) successfully completed rigorous thermal tests simulating the extreme coldness of space and the warmth of the Sun.  This at ESA’s ESTEC facility in The Netherlands.

The spacecraft underwent over a month of testing and monitoring 24/7 at Europe’s largest satellite test centre. ESTEC’s Large Space Simulator recreated the vacuum of space.  It is able to simulate both cold Space environment and intense energy flux from the Sun.  This leads to observed temperatures ranging from 250 degrees to minus 180 degrees Celsius.

These tests ensure that the spacecraft can protect its equipment and 10 onboard instruments during its journey.

JUICE will launch in 2022 on its way to our Solar System’s largest planet. On arrival it will spend over four years studying Jupiter’s atmosphere.  Magnetosphere and its icy moons Europa, Callisto and Ganymede.  Also investigate whether the moons’ sub-surface oceans are habitable for life.

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