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An ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS) designed and built by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI) is the first scientific instrument to be delivered for integration onto the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer (JUICE) spacecraft. Scheduled to launch in 2022 and arrive at Jupiter in 2030, JUICE will spend at least three years making detailed observations in the Jovian system.
Aboard JUICE, UVS will get close-up views of the Jovian moons Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, all thought to host liquid water beneath their icy surfaces. UVS will record ultraviolet light emitted, transmitted, and reflected by these bodies, revealing the composition of their surfaces and tenuous atmospheres and how they interact with Jupiter…READ MORE