Europa - Galileo

True and enhanced color images of Jupiter's satellite Europa

These two images, processed from Galileo images taken through violet, green, and infrared filters, show Jupiter's moon Europa in natural (left) and enhanced color. The enhanced image was produced to magnify color differences on Europa's surface. The white and bluish areas appear to be primarily composed of water ice. The dark lines are fractures in the crust. The reddish color to the right may be due to salts and other components, the yellowish patch on the left is also due to other materials mixed with the ice. Europa is 3122 km in diameter, roughly the size of Earth's Moon, the smallest details that can be resolved are about 25 km across and north is up. (Galileo, P-49852)
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Location & Time Information
Date/Time (UT): 1997-06
Distance/Range (km): 1,250,000.
Central Latitude/Longitude (deg): N/A
Orbit(s): Flyby, 9th 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: 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-49852
Other Image ID number: MRPS88301
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