What time is the launch of the European mission JUICE Jupiter on April 13?

An animation depicting the European spacecraft JUICE approaching Ganymede, Jupiter’s moon. (Image credit: ESA/ATG MediaLab)

Europe will soon carry out its very first mission in the Jupiter system. If all goes well, the spacecraft will arrive at the gas giant in 2031.

Explorer Jupiter Icy Moons, or JUICEshould be launched on Thursday (April 13) from the European spaceport of Kourou, in French Guiana. Take-off is planned from pad ELA-3 at 9:15 a.m. local time (8:15 a.m. EDT; 12:15 p.m. GMT), time permitting. The spacecraft is currently cocooned inside the fairing of its Ariane 5 rocket, which also launched NASA’s mighty rocket James Webb Space Telescope.

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