By Dina Ginzburg
The farthest that a human being has ever been in space is the Moon, but by 2028 European space scientists plan to change that. Project JUICE (Jupiter Icy Moon Explorer) is the first ever attempt at getting astronauts onto the planet.
Scientists are very excited about this because getting to Jupiter will give them a chance to study three of its four moons (Callisto, Ganymede and Europa) and discover if they really have icy water below their surfaces as current theories suggest.
The spacecraft needed to take people up to Jupiter should be finished by 2020. It will then take the astronauts eight whole years to make it to the planet. Can you imagine what it would be like to be in the same spaceship for eight years and then having to spend another eight years coming back to Earth? The astronauts will sure run out of things to talk about after a while.
The European Space Agency still needs to give official permission to JUICE, but everyone is convinced that this project will soon be considered a go!