JPL Engineers and Technicians supporting JPL follow Safe-at-Work guidelines as they ship hardware for the RIME radar instrument that will fly aboard JUICE. From the front: Jeremy Steinert, Jordan Tanabe, Glenn Jeffery, and Robert Johnson. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
Pandemic Cannot Keep JPL Radar Hardware from Jupiter
JPL News - Pasadena, California
Another JPL team has proven the Lab can continue to dare mighty things, even amid coronavirus disruptions.
Despite the unprecedented hurdles experienced during COVID-19, JPL engineers met a significant milestone by delivering key elements of an ice-penetrating radar instrument for an ESA mission that will explore Jupiter and its three large icy moons. JPL teams followed the Lab's strict Safe-at-Work precautions as they tested and shipped the receiver, transmitter, and electronics for Radar for Icy Moon Exploration (RIME), the radar on ESA's Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) mission.
JUICE, set to launch in 2022, will orbit Jupiter for three years, fly by the moons Callisto and Europa and orbit Ganymede. The spacecraft will observe Jupiter's atmosphere up close and analyze the moons' surfaces and interiors, which are believed to harbor liquid water under their icy crusts. Complementary science will come from NASA's Europa Clipper mission, planned for launch in the mid-2020s; arrival time is about the same time as JUICE.
Based on a news release by Gretchen McCartney at: https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.php?feature=7750