Penultimate Ariane 5 rocket launches Europe’s $1.75-billion Juice satellite on 7.5-year voyage to Jupiter’s icy moons

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — The April 14 launch of Europe’s Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, Juice, satellite is the last Ariane 5 mission for the European Space Agency (ESA) and given the 1.6-billion-euro ($1.75 billion) mission’s complexity and scientific interest, it’s not a bad way to end a 27-year run.

ESA’s Esoc space operations center in Darmstadt, Germany, confirmed that Juice signals were received at ESA’s New Norcia, Australia, ground station after separation from the Ariane 5.  Esoc later . . .

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