Media representatives are invited to participate in a pre-launch press program on March 8 and 9 at the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, to witness the preparations for the launch of JUpiter ICy moons Explorer (Juice) from the ESA.
Journalists will have a rare opportunity to view the spacecraft in the payload processing facility before its launch on an Ariane 5 rocket in April 2023.
Europe and its international partners send Juice to explore Jupiter and its three largest icy moons – Ganymede, Callisto and Europa – with a suite of ten unique scientific instruments, an experiment and a radiation monitor.
The mission will characterize these ocean moons as planetary objects and possible habitats for life. It will also explore Jupiter’s complex environment in depth and study the larger Jupiter system as an archetype of the gas giants of the Universe.
Juice will achieve several solar system firsts. It will be the first spacecraft to orbit a moon other than our own – Ganymede, Jupiter’s largest moon. And en route to Jupiter, it is expected to perform the first-ever lunar-Earth gravity assist to save propellant.
Juice will also be the last ESA mission to be launched on an Ariane 5 from ESA’s spaceport in Kourou, before Ariane 6 takes over.
In light of this milestone, participating media will have the unique opportunity to see next– generation space launcherAriadne 6, on its launch pad as it undergoes a series of tests.
Experts from ESA Science, Arianespace and others will be available on site for interviews during the pre-launch media tour.
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*Please note that the program may be modified at short notice due to operational constraints.
Wednesday March 8 – Thursday March 9, 2022
- Visit of the Ariane 5 launch facilities;
- Visit of the Ariane 6 launch facilities;
- Ability to see Juice in his stowed configuration
ESA spokespersons and experts, as well as spokespersons from Arianespace and other partners, will be available on site for interviews, including:
Giuseppe Sarri ESA Juice Project Manager
Daniel de Chambure ESA Ariane 5 Project Manager
Please express your interest by 30 January at 23:59 CET for the pre-launch media tour in Kourou, French Guiana, specifying which media activity you wish to attend: https://blogs.esa.int/forms/esa-media-briefing-form
After registering, media will receive additional information to participate in media activities at Europe’s Spaceport.
- all costs and expenses of this launch media trip shall be borne by the participating media;
- ESA will recommend flight dates and accommodation options to confirmed participants to facilitate travel;
- because the number of places is limited, ESA cannot guarantee that all interested media will be able to participate in this visit;
- the accreditation formalities to access the Spaceport of Europe must be completed after confirmation of participation;
- vaccination against yellow fever is mandatory to enter French Guiana (it will be checked at the airport).
The Juice Mission Kit is available here in English. It will be available in other European languages in February 2023.
Learn more about Juice at esa.int/Juice
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About the European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space.
ESA is an intergovernmental organization, established in 1975, whose mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and to ensure that investments in space benefit the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA has 22 member states: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden , Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Latvia, Lithuania, Slovakia and Slovenia are associate members.
ESA has established formal cooperation with four EU Member States. Canada participates in certain ESA programs under a cooperation agreement.
By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programs and activities far beyond the scope of a single European country. It works in particular with the EU for the implementation of the Galileo and Copernicus programs as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.
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