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Europa from Voyager 2, 9 July 1979. Creator: NASA

Europa from Voyager 2, 9 July 1979. Creator: NASA


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Europa from Voyager 2, 9 July 1979. Creator: NASA

Europa from Voyager 2, 9 July 1979. Europa, one of Jupiters moons, seen from the unmanned Voyager 2 spacecraft. The size of our moon, Europa is thought to have a crust of ice 100 kilometres thick which overlies the silicate crust. The complex array of streaks indicate that the crust has been fractured and filled by materials from the interior. The lack of relief, any visible mountains or craters, on its bright limb is consistent with a thick ice crust

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This print showcases Europa, one of Jupiter's intriguing moons, as captured by the Voyager 2 spacecraft on 9 July 1979. The image reveals a moon with a size comparable to our own, but its surface is shrouded in mystery. Scientists believe that Europa possesses an astonishing crust made up of ice measuring a staggering 100 kilometers thick, concealing a silicate layer beneath. The intricate network of streaks visible across the photograph hints at significant fracturing and subsequent filling from materials originating within the moon itself. Astonishingly, there are no discernible mountains or craters on Europa's bright limb, which aligns perfectly with predictions for such a celestial body encased in an extensive ice crust. This extraordinary snapshot offers us an opportunity to marvel at the wonders of our solar system and contemplate the enigmatic nature of distant worlds. It serves as a testament to humanity's relentless pursuit of knowledge through space exploration and highlights NASA's invaluable contributions in unraveling the mysteries beyond Earth. As we delve into this mesmerizing scene from decades past, let us appreciate both the scientific significance and aesthetic beauty it holds. This remarkable portrayal reminds us that even within our vast universe lies countless secrets waiting to be discovered—a reminder that fuels our curiosity and drives us further into uncharted territories.

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