In a virtual reality universe, upcoming ‘JUICE’ mission flies by Jupiter’s moon Callisto

Although it is nonetheless seven years from reaching Jupiter, the JUICE mission is continuing apace — and a current test-run simulated the mission’s spacecraft flying by the Jovian icy moon, Callisto.

Having blasted off from Europe’s spaceport in French Guiana a yr in the past, the Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, often called JUICE for brief, remains to be within the internal photo voltaic system, preparing for a collection of gravity assists that can throw it onto a trajectory permitting it to rendezvous with Jupiter in 2031. Its first port of name would be the big planet’s outermost Galilean moon, Callisto. This can mark the primary of 35 deliberate flybys of the gasoline planet’s moons Callisto, Ganymede and Europa, earlier than the spacecraft settles into orbit round Ganymede.


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