Image credit: ESA/M.Pedoussaut

 

A commemorative plaque has been mounted on the European Space Agency’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, or JUICE for short.

The plaque is a tribute to Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei who was the first to view Jupiter and its four largest moons through a telescope in January 1610.

Image credit: ESA/M.Pedoussaut

 

The plaque replicates several pages of Galileo’s Sidereus Nuncius in which he detailed his observations of the moons. They are printed on a piece of multi-layered insulation that makes up the thermal “blanket” wrapped around the spacecraft to keep its internal temperatures stable.

Image credit: Airbus

Image credit: ESA/ATG medialab (spacecraft); NASA/JPL/DLR (Jupiter, moons)

The spacecraft has just completed its final tests before departing Toulouse, France, headed for Europe’s Kourou spaceport and an April launch.

JUICE will reach Jupiter in July 2031 and complete a total of 35 flybys of the moons by November 2035. 

 

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