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Europa: Highest Resolution Global Color View


Europa: Highest Resolution Global Color View

Date: 29 Mar 1998
Complex and beautiful patterns adorn the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, as seen in this color image intended to approximate how the satellite might appear to the human eye.

The geologically youthful surface of Europa, and its likely ocean-bearing interior are one of the great discoveries of planetary exploration.

Many reddish linear to curvilinear features are observed here, some stretching for thousands of kilometers across the surface. The reddish-brown material is a non-ice contaminant that colors Europa's frozen surface.

The data used to create this view were acquired by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in 1995 and 1998 (see PIA02590.).

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

Credit: NASA/JPL/Ted Stryk

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