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ESA books launch of Jupiter orbiter with Arianespace

29 days ago   |   By Spaceflight Now

Artist's illustration of the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, or JUICE, spacecraft during a flyby of Jupiter's moon Europa. Credit: ESA
The European Space Agency has reserved an Ariane launcher to send a spacecraft toward Jupiter in May 2022, and the mission's project manager said Tuesday officials could assign the probe to Europe's new Ariane 6 rocket, assuming the vehicle has a successful debut by the end of 2020.
The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, or JUICE, mission will be the first European-led mission to the outer solar system, and could become the third or fourth mission to orbit the gas...
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