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Europa: Global Color View
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Europa: Global Color View
Date: 19 Sep 1997

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 "pwuk") 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).

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

Last Update: 25 Mar 2011 (AMB)

Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

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