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Discovering the physics and chemistry of the cosmos is different to carrying out experiments in the lab. In the lab, samples can be tested, experiments can be repeated, and if anything looks odd, you can always look from another angle to see if it's just a trick of perspective. For astronomers, none of this is possible: the only information they have is in the light that reaches their telescopes. More...
ESA selects instruments to be flown on its icy moons mission
1 March 2013
The European Space Agency's JUpiter ICy moons Explorer mission (JUICE) will study
Jupiter and its large, ice/ocean-bearing moons. JUICE is planned to launch in 2022 and arrive in 2030.
Dr Nick Achilleos (UCL Physics and Astronomy) is part of the J-MAG Consortium, an international team of investigators who have successfully proposed one of the 11 scientific experiments to be flown on board this mission.
Their magnetometer instrument, J-MAG (Jupiter system Magnetometer), led by Imperial's Prof Michele Dougherty, will play a vital role in characterising the magnetic interactions between the Jovian magnetosphere and the icy moons which orbit within that region. One of these icy moons, Europa, is of particular interest as it may harbour a subsurface water ocean.
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