Update (14: 03 CEST, April 13, 2023): Due to poor weather conditions, the launch has been rescheduled till tomorrow (Friday, 14 April) at 14: 15 CEST.
The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer mission — ‘Juice’ — is ready to embark on its journey to the solar system’s largest planet.
Juice is scheduled to launch today, April 13, at 14: 15 CEST (13: 15 BST) from Europe’s spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana.
Juice will make the 8-year, 6.6 billion km trip to study three of Jupiter’s moons: Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. Each of these worlds has an ocean of water hidden underneath an icy shell — an important target for astronomers searching for life beyond Earth.
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