The European Space Agency (ESA) is scheduled to launch its Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, better known as JUICE, into space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana to begin its eight-year mission today. On the Ariane 5 rocket, ESA has featured artwork by a Ukrainian girl from Zhytomyr, Yaryna Zakaliuzhna, Sky News reports.
ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, will make detailed observations of the giant gas planet and its three large ocean-bearing moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa – with a suite of remote sensing, geophysical and in situ instruments, according to ESA.
In 2021, ESA launched a competition for children to submit drawings that could end up on the rocket. After sifting through 2,600 entries sent by over 60 countries, eight-year-old Yaryna Zakaliuzhna from Ukraine’s Zhytomyr won the contest.
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