HomeAstronomyLaunch of Europe's 1st-ever Jupiter probe is just a week away

Launch of Europe’s 1st-ever Jupiter probe is just a week away

After its arrival in the final assembly building on April 1, 2023, ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft was slowly lifted into the air and then carefully lowered onto the top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it into space on April 13. Here we see technicians working atop the rocket, bolting down JUICE launch vehicle adapter to keep it secure during launch. (Image credit: ESA – M. Pédoussaut)

The launch of Europe’s first-ever Jupiter mission is just a week away.

The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer probe, or JUICE for short, is scheduled to lift off atop an Ariane 5 rocket from Europe’s Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana at 8:15 a.m. EDT (1215 GMT) on April 13.

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