Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter


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Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter

A proposed NASA probe set to orbit Jupiter's large moons Ganymede, Callisto, and Europa. The earlier probe Galileo found evidence suggesting that these satellites may harbor vast oceans beneath their icy surfaces. The Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter is not planned for launch until 2015 or later. It may be the first nuclear-powered spacecraft.
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Arrangement is in sections on attitude dynamics and control, attitude estimation, mission analysis, formation flying, orbit mechanics and determination, optimization, navigation, solar sails and tethers, and surveillance and space debris; special sessions address deep impact, the Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter Mission, and the Haybusa and Neo missions.
The ambitious Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter was axed in the Bush administration's latest budget request.
For instance, Marsden, Lo, and Ross worked out a potential tour of Jupiter's moons that NASA has adapted for its planned Jupiter Icy Moons Orbiter (JIMO).