Europa - Galileo

Europa's Jupiter-facing hemisphere

Galileo image of Jupiter's moon Europa. This is a mosaic made up of images taken by the Galileo spacecraft on 25 November 1999 as it encountered Europa on its 25th orbit of Jupiter. Europa's surface is believed to be primarily ice. The linear features covering the surfacer appear to be cracks. possibly caused by tidal forces due to the gravity of nearby Jupiter, roughly 670,000 km away. A few white impact craters can be seen, as well as darker, possibly chaotic regions. This is the Jupiter-facing hemisphere of Europa. Europa is 3122 km in diameter, the resolution of this image is about 2 km and north is up. (Galileo, MRPS96036)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1999-11-25
Distance/Range (km): 94,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): 0., 10. W
Orbit(s): Flyby, 25th orbit of Jupiter

Imaging Information
Area or Feature Type: global view
Instrument: Solid State Imaging CCD Camera
Instrument Resolution (pixels): 800 x 800, 8 bit
Instrument Field of View (deg): 0.46 x 0.46
Filter: N/A
Illumination Incidence Angle (deg): N/A
Phase Angle (deg): N/A
Instrument Look Direction: N/A
Surface Emission Angle (deg): N/A

Ordering Information
CD-ROM Volume: N/A
NASA Image ID number: MRPS96036
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: N/A


[NASA Logo] Authors/Curators:

Dave Williams,, (301) 286-1258
Code 690.1, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

Jay Friedlander,, (301) 286-7172
Code 612.4, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Greenbelt, MD 20771, USA

NASA Official: Ed Grayzeck,

Last updated: 24 September 2015