MAJIS is flying !
The launch of the JUICE mission was carried out perfectly thanks to the penultimate Ariane 5, Friday April 14, 2023 at 2:14 p.m. Paris time. The first crucial hours of the mission, which included the first communication signals with the spacecraft, first TC and deployment of the solar panels took place nominally. Direction Jupiter and its icy moons!
Shortly after JUICE separated from the final stage of the rocket, one of the monitoring cameras photographed MAJIS in space with Earth.
MAJIS is the visible and infrared imaging spectrometer that will play an essential role in achieving the scientific objectives of the mission by carrying out the mapping of the various compounds of the surface of the satellites, the rings and the Jovian atmosphere. The detection of exospheres and potential plumes from the satellites will also be part of the objectives of the instrument. The IAS is the scientific and technical manager of the instrument. The next milestone for the MAJIS team will take place at the end of May with the switch-ON of the instrument.