JUICE Mission to Take 8 Years to Reach Jupiter Written 11 April 2023


Artist's impression of the JUpiter ICy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission. | NASA

SPACE reports the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE), which has an April 13 launch date, will take eight years to travel to its destination. The travel time is longer than other missions to the planet, but needed to allow a number of gravity assist maneuvers and because the spacecraft will need to not just reach Jupiter but to be moving slowly enough to enter its orbit.
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