Launch Set: Mission to Find Alien Life on Jupiter’s Icy Moons

by James DiGeorgia | 04/09/2023 1:57 PM
Launch Set: Mission to Find Alien Life on Jupiter’s Icy Moons

An eight-year, $1.52 billion voyage is set for launch that explore the frozen oceans of Ganymede, Europa and Callisto

The next great step to explore for alien life in our solar system is about to take off from a rocket pad in Europe to explore three of Jupiter’s Icy Moons  Ganymede, Europa and Callisto.

The launch is scheduled to take place on April 13, 2023 from Europe's Spaceport in French Guiana. The “Juice” mission an unexpected feature of our solar system. The greatest reserves of water, discovered and in orbit around the giant planets Jupiter and Saturn. Juice is the first mission to be launched specifically to explore these remote moons.

Olivier Witasse, the mission’s lead project scientist was quoted by the Guardian  as saying…

“We would like to see whether there are places around Jupiter where life could have started. We need to find a place with internal energy and liquid water,”

“With the icy moons of Jupiter, we have good reasons to believe that there is more water than on Earth.”

The idea that our best hopes of finding alien life lie with explorations of ice-coated moons in deep space would have seemed ridiculous a few decades ago. But after US space probes discovered that three of Jupiter’s main moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa – were worlds of ice that covered vast oceans of liquid water, the one prerequisite needed for the existence of life on Earth, the idea of discovering life on these moons isn’t far fetched

While humanity has been conditioned by imaginative speculation for over 200 years, that life would most likely be found on Venus and Mars. We now know that clouded-Venus had a surface temperature of 887 Degrees Fahrenheit, hot enough to melt lead, and Mars has been found to have lost its atmosphere and surface water billions of years ago. Efforts to find surviving underground supplies have so far been unsuccessful, although speculation still exists among scientists that underground water will be found at Mar’s north pole.

Water was first discovered by a U.S. space probe in 2005 literally spraying water and organic into space by Saturn’s tiny moon, Enceladus, into space from an underground ocean.

Neil deGrasse Tyson, perhaps the United States’ most famous astronomer says on the subject of these icy moons.…
“If ever there was a next-best place to look for life, it’s here.”

It will take about eight years for the Juice Mission to reach Jupiter, a journey that will require a series of flybys of Earth and Venus to accelerate the probe’s speed to propel it the incredible distance.

Juice is expected to be within orbit around Jupiter by July 2031, at which time it will have been overtaken by another probe, Nasa’s Europa Clipper, which is taking a shorter route, using flybys of Earth and Mars, to arrive in April 2030.

As its name suggests, the US spacecraft will focus on Europa and is scheduled to make 50 close approaches of the moon, sweeping a few hundred miles over its surface to try to spot areas that could support life.


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