Europa - Galileo

True and false color images of Jupiter's satellite Europa

These images show the trailing hemisphere of Jupiter's moon Europa taken by the Galileo spacecraft at a distance of about 677,000 km. The left image shows Europa in approximately true color and the right image shows Europa in enhanced color to bring out details. The surface of Europa is predominantly ware-ice, the darker brown color is due to rocky material. The dark lines, some thousands of km long, are fractures in the crust. The bright feature towards the lower right of the disk is the 45 km diameter crater Pwyll, centered at 25.2 S, 271.4 W. Europa is 3122 km in diameter and north is up. (Galileo, P-48040)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1996-09-07
Distance/Range (km): 677,000
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): 0., 300.
Orbit(s): Flyby

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: violet, green, infrared
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: P-48040
Other Image ID number: N/A
NSSDC Data Set ID (Photo): NSD XD-12A
NSSDC Data Set ID (CD): N/A
Other ID: MRPS77175


[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