The European JUICE probe will be the first to use the gravity of the Earth and the Moon to slingshot toward Jupiter

The European JUICE probe will be the first to use the gravity of the Earth and the Moon to slingshot toward Jupiter

ESA’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) is returning to Earth, for now, anyway.

On November 17, JUICE performed a 43-minute burn to get into position for the upcoming Earth-Moon flyby, the first ever double gravity assist for the two celestial bodies. This was the spacecraft’s largest maneuver to date. “This maneuver consumed approximately 363 kilograms (800 pounds) of fuel — or almost exactly 10% of the 3,650 kilograms (8,047 pounds) of fuel released with JUICE,” said Julia Schwartz, a flight dynamics engineer at the Mission Control Center. ESOC of the European Space Agency in Germany. He said in A statement.

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