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JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE): an ESA mission to orbit Ganymede and to characterise the Jupiter system

Grasset, O. and Dougherty, M. K. and Coustenis, A. and Bunce, E.J. and Erd, C. and Titov, D.V. and Blanc, M. and Coates, A. and Drossart, P. and Fletcher, L. and Hussmann, H. and Jaumann, R. and Krupp, N. and Lebreton, J.-P. and Prieto-Ballesteros, O. and Tortora, P. and Tosi, F. and Van Hoolst, T. (2013) JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE): an ESA mission to orbit Ganymede and to characterise the Jupiter system. Planetary and Space Science (78), pp. 1-21. Elsevier. DOI: 10.1016/j.pss.2012.12.002 ISSN 0032-0633

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Official URL: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0032063312003777

Abstract

Past exploration of Jupiter's diverse satellite system has forever changed our understanding of the unique environments to be found around gas giants, both in our solar system and beyond. The detailed investigation of three of Jupiter's Galilean satellites (Ganymede, Europa, and Callisto), which are believed to harbour subsurface water oceans, is central to elucidating the conditions for habitability of icy worlds in planetary systems in general. The study of the Jupiter system and the possible existence of habitable environments offer the best opportunity for understanding the origins and formation of the gas giants and their satellite systems. The JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE) mission, selected by ESA in May 2012 to be the first large mission within the Cosmic Vision Program 2015–2025, will perform detailed investigations of Jupiter and its system in all their inter-relations and complexity with particular emphasis on Ganymede as a planetary body and potential habitat. The investigations of the neighbouring moons, Europa and Callisto, will complete a comparative picture of the Galilean moons and their potential habitability. Here we describe the scientific motivation for this exciting new European-led exploration of the Jupiter system in the context of our current knowledge and future aspirations for exploration, and the paradigm it will bring in the study of giant (exo) planets in general.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/83989/
Document Type:Article
Title:JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (JUICE): an ESA mission to orbit Ganymede and to characterise the Jupiter system
Authors:
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthors ORCID iD
Grasset, O.Lab. de Planétologie et de Géodynamique, Faculté des Sciences, Nantes, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Dougherty, M. K.Imperial College, LondonUNSPECIFIED
Coustenis, A.Laboratoire d’Etudes Spatiales et d’Instrumentation en Astrophysique (LESIA), Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, 92195 Meudon Cedex, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Bunce, E.J.University of Leicester, United KingdomUNSPECIFIED
Erd, C.ESA/ESTECUNSPECIFIED
Titov, D.V.Max-Planck-Institut für Aeronomie, Katlenburg-LindauUNSPECIFIED
Blanc, M.michel.blanc (at) cesr.fr, CESR (UPS/CNRS); Ecole Polytechnique,FranceUNSPECIFIED
Coates, A.University College LondonUNSPECIFIED
Drossart, P.Observatoire de Paris, Meudon, FranceUNSPECIFIED
Fletcher, L.Oxford UniversityUNSPECIFIED
Hussmann, H.hauke.hussmann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Jaumann, R. ralf.jaumann (at) dlr.deUNSPECIFIED
Krupp, N.Max Planck Institute, Lindau, GermanyUNSPECIFIED
Lebreton, J.-P.ESA/ESTECUNSPECIFIED
Prieto-Ballesteros, O.Centro de Astrobiologia, CSIC-INTA, Madrid, SpainUNSPECIFIED
Tortora, P.Univ. BolognaUNSPECIFIED
Tosi, F.INAF-IASF Istituto di Astrofisica Spaziale e Fisica Cosmica, Roma ItalyUNSPECIFIED
Van Hoolst, T.Royal Observatory of Belgium, Brussels, BelgiumUNSPECIFIED
Date:April 2013
Journal or Publication Title:Planetary and Space Science
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In SCOPUS:Yes
In ISI Web of Science:Yes
DOI :10.1016/j.pss.2012.12.002
Page Range:pp. 1-21
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:0032-0633
Status:Published
Keywords:Space exploration; Ganymede; Jupiter; Europa; Callisto; Jovian system
HGF - Research field:Aeronautics, Space and Transport
HGF - Program:Space
HGF - Program Themes:Space Science and Exploration
DLR - Research area:Raumfahrt
DLR - Program:R EW - Erforschung des Weltraums
DLR - Research theme (Project):R - Projekt JUICE
Location: Berlin-Adlershof
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Planetary Research > Planetary Geology
Deposited By: Voigt, Joana
Deposited On:19 Sep 2013 11:36
Last Modified:04 Aug 2017 09:57

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