National Aeronautics and Space Administration Logo
Follow this link to skip to the main content
Europa
NASA Banner
EUROPA: Exploring Jupiter's Ocean Moons
Return to Solar System Exploration
Multimedia

Global Color View

 
 

Global Color View

Europa's trailing hemisphere (the hemisphere that trails in the satellite's orbital motion about Jupiter) is seen in this color image. Much of the hemisphere is covered with reddish-brown material. The colors here are intended to approximate how the surface might be perceived by the human eye. The bright feature containing a central dark spot in the lower right portion of the image is a relatively young impact crater some 24 km (15 miles) in diameter. This crater is named Pwyll (pronounced "poyk") from Celtic mythology.

The images used to create the view were acquired by NASA's Galileo spacecraft on its 10th orbit of Jupiter, on 19 September 1997, from a distance of approximately 725,000 km (450,000 miles).

Additional information about the Galileo mission is available online at: NASA's Galileo legacy website.

NOTE: This processed image is copyrighted. Contact Ted Stryk for usage inquiries.


Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk


Back to Europa Home

Awards and Recognition   Solar System Exploration Roadmap   Contact Us   Site Map   Print This Page
NASA Official: Kristen Erickson
Advisory: Dr. James Green, Director of Planetary Science
Outreach Manager: Alice Wessen
Curator/Editor: Phil Davis
Webmaster: Maryia Davis, Sandra Cosic
> NASA Science Mission Directorate
> Budgets, Strategic Plans and Accountability Reports
> Equal Employment Opportunity Data
   Posted Pursuant to the No Fear Act
> Information-Dissemination Policies and Inventories
> Freedom of Information Act
> Privacy Policy & Important Notices
> Inspector General Hotline
> Office of the Inspector General
> NASA Communications Policy
> USA.gov
> ExpectMore.gov
> NASA Advisory Council
> Open Government at NASA
Last Updated: 24 Jun 2012