Elizabeth Howell writes about the exciting world of Europa, a place where there could be extraterrestrial life in our own solar system! Don’t forget to watch the excellent video as well!
An incredible, reprocessed picture of Jupiter’s moon Europa shows the mysterious natural satellite’s amazing colors as they have never been seen before.
The original photos of Europa were collected by the Galileo spacecraft, which explored Jupiter and its moons from orbit in the 1990s. NASA officials reprocessed Galileo’s data using modern imaging techniques that improved on an enhanced-color view of Europa the agency created in 2001. The new photo, released on Nov. 21, shows the largest proportion of Europa’s surface at the highest images resolution, NASA officials said.
NASA released the picture as the agency pushes forward with plans to explore Europa in the coming decades, based on the theory that there is water lurking underneath the moon’s icy shell. That water could host life, under the right conditions, scientists have said. [Europa: Jupiter’s Icy Moon Explained (Infographic)]
Read more at SPACE.com
Note: I used the youtube version of the video, since I was unable to embed the version on the space.com website, however it is the same video, just a different format.