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Europe’s JUICE mission to Jupiter’s moons preparing for April 14 launch

Europe’s mission to explore three icy moons of Jupiter is all set to begin its voyage to the outer solar system. 

The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer spacecraft, also known as JUICE, will study Europa, Ganymede and Callisto to provide insights into their nature, evolution, possible subsurface oceans and the potential to harbor life. JUICE has been undergoing final testing at Airbus facilities in Toulouse, France, and will shortly begin its journey to ESA’s Guiana Space Center spaceport in French Guiana on South America’s Atlantic coast. From there, the 13,670-pound (6,200 kilograms) spacecraft will launch on one of the last two Ariane 5 rockets. 

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