The aim is for the unmanned space probe to reach the planet Jupiter by July 2031 following a 600-million-kilometer journey. Scientists consider three of the gas giant’s moons (Callisto, Europa and Ganymede) potentially suitable environments for the emergence of life. Beneath Jupiter’s ice-covered moons are large, liquid oceans. Around the volcanic activity in those oceans, traces of life may be found, past or present.
In addition, ESA wants the Juice mission to help map how our solar system was formed. The exploration will last until 2034, after which the goal is to put Juice into orbit around Ganymede, the only moon in our solar system with its own magnetic field. There, the satellite will be brought to controlled destruction in 2035.