By Emma Rouillier and Shaina Scotcher
In an attempt to orbit our solar system’s largest planet Jupiter; the JUICE mission is set to launch in 2022 in the hope of making detailed observations about the Jovian system. One particular interest that surrounds this mission is the discovery of potential habitats for life on Jupiter’s three largest Galilean moons: Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa.
In this 30 minute feature, the extent to what we already know about the Galilean moons will be explored by two amateur astronomers whose observations are a vital part of this mission. Two physicists who contribute to JUICE, Leigh Fletcher and Nigel Barrister, will also be enlightening us in regards to the research and development that has been conducted so far.
As one of many inspirational visions that the European Space Agency have put forward, this mission highlights one key aim: what are the conditions for planet formation and the emergence of life?