MSU SINP Works on Spacecraft to Study Jupiter’s Moon
Is there life on Jupiter’s moon – Europe? To perform the Russian mission to Jupiter, the employees of Skobeltsyn Institute of Nuclear Physics under the Moscow State University solve one of the major problems – how to reduce the accumulation of radiation on unmanned spacecraft to extend its service life.
“The spacecraft at the orbit of Europe for two months receives the radiation dose of nearly 1 million rad. For comparison, at the orbits of Earth satellites, GLONASS with even half of the defense will receive such a dose in 25 years,” the employee of MSU SINP Mikhail Podzolkov working on the Russian mission to Jupiter said. This is an extremely high level of radiation, even for electronics of “military “class”.
If life is in the under-ice ocean Europe, it is protected from external radiation with ice of up to 10 kilometers.