European Space Probe to Search for Life on Jupiter's Icy Moons [VIDEO]

Joann Pan
May 5, 2012

The European Space Agency (ESA) announced this week that it's spending $1.3 billion on a 2022 mission to explore Jupiter's largest moons. Watch the video above to see why scientists are hopeful that the Jovian system is a sweet spot for extraterrestrial life.

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The Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer (JUICE) will attempt to find simple life forms (and maybe even alien fish?) deep within the oceans of the giant planet's moons.

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The spacecraft will launch in 2022 from Kourou, French Guiana, and arrive at Jupiter in 2030. It will collect samples from the "diverse Galilean moons" -- Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto -- for three years.

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Thumbnail image courtesy of ESA

This story originally published on Mashable here.