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How the fate of Europe’s JUICE Jupiter mission depends on the risk of biological contamination

The ultimate fate of the European Space Agency’s JUICE mission could drastically change should it succeed in discovering that Ganymede’s ocean is both potentially habitable and accessible.

When it launches in April 2023, JUICE (short for “Jupiter Icy moons Explorer”) will set course for what could be the best chances to find alien life in the solar system. JUICE’s primary targets — the Jupiter moons Europa, Ganymede and Callisto — are all thought to contain subterranean oceans beneath a thick crust of surface ice, and it is possible that conditions for life could exist within these oceans.

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