The European #Space Agency (ESA) will launch a space probe called Juice (Jupiter Icy moons Explorer). This probe will be launched in 2022 in order to explore the planet Jupiter, according to Agence France Presse.

European Space Agency (ESA) will build the space probe Juice after signing a contract with Airbus Defense. The contract is worth 350 mil. Euros. The Juice spacecraft will be the first European mission bound for Jupiter -- which is the largest planet in the Solar System. It's planned to be launched in 2022 by an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou (French Guyana). Then, it will embark on a journey of seven and a half years. At the end of this journey, Juice will be able to reach the planet Jupiter. In mid-July 2015, the European Space Agency announced that they had selected Airbus Defense and Space (DS Airbus) as the first contractor of this mission. The contract was signed in Toulouse, France.

Juice will research the system of satellites around the planet. It will focus in particular on the moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, because these moons could contain oceans on their surface. It's estimated that the probe will reach the planet Jupiter around the year 2030. Then, for three and a half years, it will perform several overflights.

Following this, it will be placed in orbit around the moon Ganymede. The Juice probe -- which weighs 5.5 tons -- will be powered by a solar generator of 97 sqm. This is the largest ever conducted solar generator for an interplanetary mission. Airbus Defense and Space -- the second biggest company in the global space industry -- will hire 150 specialists to build the spacecraft. They will also lead a consortium of 60 companies. François Auque (CEO of Space Systems) said that the project team from Airbus Defense and Space is working hard to deliver the first equipment in the summer of 2016. This mission aims to research the possibility of habitable worlds around these satellites, as Airbus DS stated.

It'll be interesting to see what fruit this project bears, and what it may ultimately mean for space exploration, and the impact it will have on our planet. #Science #Buzz