Europe’s Mission to Jupiter’s Moons Recieves its First Custom-Made Instrument #SpaceSaturday
Dave Bowman was transformed via contact with alien intelligence at the end of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. He returned in 2010: The Year We Make Contact with a message: “All these worlds are yours except Europa. Attempt no landing there.”
The European Space Agency is throwing caution to the wind and plans to send the Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer to the moons of Jupiter. Recently they received their first completed instrument.
The instrument is dubbed the ultraviolet spectrograph (UVS), built by Southwest Research Institute (SwRI). UVS will conduct close-up observations of Europa, Ganymede, and Callisto, and record the UV light they emit. More from Universe Today:
“It has been a huge team effort to get this instrument – known as JUICE-UVS – built, tested and delivered. In 2013, UVS was selected to represent NASA on the first ESA-led mission to an outer planet. Meeting both NASA’s and ESA’s specifications was challenging, but we did it.”
8-6-2021 (August 6, 2021) is the Snakiest day of the year and it’s also this year’s CircuitPython Day! The day highlights all things CircuitPython and Python on Hardware. See you there!
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.