The Russian government has just allocated 50 million rubles ($1.52 million) for the development of a technical proposal to land a probe on the surface of Jupiter's largest moon, Ganymede. If successful, it would mark the country's first mission beyond Mars.
This is actually quite exciting! Ganymede makes for a really cool target. It's the largest moon in the solar system — about 8% larger than Mercury, but has only 45% of its mass. It's primarily composed of silicate rock and water ice, and it's thought to contain a saltwater ocean about 125 miles (200 km) below the surface sandwiched between layers of ice. It's also the only moon in the solar system to possess a magnetosphere, likely created through convection within its liquid iron core.