black and white view of half-illuminated moon over curving horizon of large planet

New Horizons took this image of the icy moon Europa rising above Jupiter's cloud tops with its Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) at 11:48 Universal Time on Feb. 28, 2007, six hours after the spacecraft's closest approach to Jupiter.

The picture was one of a handful of the Jupiter system that New Horizons took primarily for artistic, rather than scientific, value. This particular scene was suggested by space enthusiast Richard Hendricks of Austin, Texas, in response to an Internet request by New Horizons scientists for evocative, artistic imaging opportunities at Jupiter.

The spacecraft was 1.4 million miles (2.3 million kilometers) from Jupiter and 1.8 million miles (3 million kilometers) from Europa when the picture was taken. Europa's diameter is 1,939 miles (3,120 kilometers). The image is centered on Europa coordinates 5 degrees south, 6 degrees west. In keeping with its artistic intent - and to provide a more dramatic perspective - the image has been rotated so south is at the top.

Credit

NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute

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