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Europa - Galileo
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Europa - Galileo
Date: 7 Sep 1996

These images show the trailing hemisphere of Jupiter's moon Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft at a distance of about 677,000 km. The left image shows Europa in approximately true color and the right image shows Europa in enhanced color to bring out details.

The surface of Europa is predominantly water-ice, the darker brown color is due to rocky material. The dark lines, some thousands of km long, are fractures in the crust. The bright feature towards the lower right of the disk is the 45 km diameter crater Pwyll, centered at 25.2 S, 271.4 W. Europa is 3122 km in diameter and north is up. (Galileo, P-48040)

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