Poster showing the surface of Europa.
Source: NASA
Published: August 13, 2018

Version B of the Europa installment of NASA's solar system poster series.

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About the image: This enhanced color image of the young impact crater Pwyll on Jupiter's moon Europa was produced by combining low resolution color data with a higher resolution mosaic of images obtained in December 1996 by NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/University of Arizona

On the Back

Beneath the icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa is perhaps the most promising place to look for present-day environments suitable for life.

Slightly smaller than Earth's Moon, Europa’s water-ice surface is crisscrossed by long, linear fractures. Like our planet, Europa is thought to have an iron core, a rocky mantle and an ocean of salty water. Unlike Earth, however, Europa’s ocean lies below a shell of ice probably 10 to 15 miles (15 to 25 kilometers) thick and has an estimated depth of 40 to 100 miles (60 to 150 kilometers).