It is currently accepted that majority of visible matter in the Universe is in the state of plasma. However, with our present level of technology only the plasma within the solar system can be subjected to in-situ measurements by spacecraft. Due to its huge spatial scales, the Jovian magnetospheric system can be considered as a bridge between planetary space plasma and astrophysical plasma systems. Space System Laboratory has a Co-I status in the RPWI instrument of the future ESA JUICE mission.
The objective of this project is to study the plasma environment of Jupiter, and especially the interaction of the Jovian moons within the magnetosphere with the plasma environment, using data from previous Galileo and current Juno missions. We expect that findings of this project will assist the planning of the scientific operation of future JUICE mission. We anticipate the close collaboration with colleagues from Swedish Institute of Space Physics (IRF) Sweden, The National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) France, and Goddard Space Flight Center NASA, USA during this project.