Photos: Europa, Mysterious Icy Moon of Jupiter
'Remastered' View of Europa, Jupiter's Moon
Europa, Jupiter's icy moon, has long taunted scientists with its signs of a subsurface ocean of water and perplexing cracks on the surface. The spectacular image shown here is the best view yet of the icy Jovian moon. Released in November 2014, this Europa photo is a remastered image based on data from NASA's Galileo mission to Jupiter in the 1990s. Read the Full Story.
See stunning images of Europa from NASA spacecraft here.
Natural Color Image of Europa
Natural color image of Jupiter's moon Europa.
Inside Jupiter's Watery Moon, Europa (Infographic)
Scientists are eager to learn if Europa's huge subsurface ocean harbors alien life. See how Jupiter's icy moon Europa works in this SPACE.com infographic.
Water Geysers on Europa
An artist's illustration of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, with a water geyser erupting in the foreground while Jupiter appears as a backdrop. Images from the Hubble Space Telescope suggest Europa may have water plumes like Saturn's moon Enceladus. Image released Dec. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]
The icy moon Europa rising above Jupiter’s cloud tops. The picture was one of a handful of the Jupiter system that New Horizons took primarily for artistic, rather than scientific, value.
Europa South Polar Water Plume
A south polar water vapor plume on Europa is shown in blue in this Hubble Space Telescope data image, which is superimposed on a visible light image of the Jupiter moon's leading hemisphere. Image released Dec. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]
Jupiter and Europa with Water Vapor Plumes
This image shows Jupiter and its icy moon Europa, with the moon's bright ultraviolet light signal from south polar water vapor plumes shown in blue. Image released Dec. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]
Europa Cross-Sectional Illustration
Jupiter’s moon Europa contains an ocean of liquid water beneath its frozen surface.
Water Plume on Europa: Leading Hemisphere
This Hubble Space Telescope data image shows the water vapor plume (blue) over the leading hemisphere of Europa superimposed on a visible light image of the icy Jupiter moon. Image released Dec. 12, 2013. [Read the Full Story Here]
Above, Europa, as viewed from NASA's Galileo spacecraft. Visible are plains of bright ice, cracks that run to the horizon, and dark patches that likely contain both ice and dirt.
Living On Europa Would Be Tough, But Some Life May Already Be There (Infographic)
Scientists believe conditions may be right for life, under Europa's icy crust. See what it might be like for an astronaut exploring Europa.
Simulated View from Europa's Surface
Artist's concept showing a simulated view from the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, with the giant planet looming over the horizon.
Europa's Frigid Surface Could Be a Hot Spot of Chemistry
Europa, a moon of Jupiter, appears as a thick crescent in this enhanced-color image from NASA's Galileo spacecraft, which has been orbiting Jupiter since 1995. The view combines images taken in violet, green and near-infrared filters in 1998 and 1995. The colors have been stretched to show the subtle differences in materials that cover the icy surface of Europa.
Io and Europa Meet Again
This beautiful image of the crescents of volcanic Io and more sedate Europa is a combination of two New Horizons images taken March 2, 2007. Io steals the show with its beautiful display of volcanic activity.
Rare Arctic Springs Hold Clues to Jupiter's Moon Europa
The surface of Europa. Sulfur-rich materials there are concentrated along geological features and may reflect the composition of the subsurface ocean. Image from the Solid-State Imaging instrument onboard Galileo.
Europa's Hidden Ocean?
Europa, a moon among many circling Jupiter, appears to have a putative ocean hidden under its frozen surface crust. Tougher cameras, however, will be necessary to scope out the water regions beneath its shell of ice.
Impact on Europa
Artist's impression of an impact event on Jupiter's moon Europa.
Europa's 'Chaos Terrains'
On Europa, "chaos terrains" consist of regions where the icy surface appears to have broken apart, the broken pieces moved around, and then those pieces froze back together.
Chaos Regions on Europa
A map of Europa shows a few large areas with large concentrations of what are thought to be salts.
Jupiter, Europa & Callisto
NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured this image on Dec. 7, 2000, just as two of Jupiter's four major moons, Europa and Callisto, were nearly perfectly aligned with each other and the center of the planet.
Artist's interpretation of NASA's Jupiter Europa Orbiter, part of the joint NASA-ESA Europa Jupiter System Mission
This artist’s concept shows NASA's Jupiter Europa Orbiter, which would carry a complement of 11 instruments to explore Europa and the Jupiter system. The spacecraft is part of the joint NASA-ESA Europa Jupiter System Mission.
Time for Europa
The Europa Explorer would use gravity-assist flybys of both Venus and Earth, and thus would be able to deliver about three times the payload mass to the Jupiter system of previous concepts like Europa Orbiter.
Europa's Buried Lakes
Europa's "Great Lake." Scientists speculate many more exist throughout the shallow regions of the moon's icy shell.
Europa's Thera Macula
Thera Macula (false color) is a region of likely active chaos production above a large liquid water lake in the icy shell of Europa. Color indicates topographic heights relative to background terrain. Purples and reds indicate the highest terrain.
Linear Fractures on Europa
This enhanced-color view from NASA's Galileo spacecraft shows an intricate pattern of linear fractures on the icy surface of Jupiter's moon Europa.