NASA Reveals Its Most Amazing View of Jupiter’s Moon Europa. A reprocessed picture clearly refrect the amazing colors of Europa which is an ice-covered moon of Jupiter. The image like this was never been seen before.
The original observations were collected by the Galileo spacecraft exploring Jupiter and its moons from orbit in the 1990s. NASA officials reprocessed the Galileo’s data using modern imaging techniques which has improved on an enhanced-color view of Europa the agency created in 2001. The new photo was released on Nov. 21 showing the largest proportion of Europa’s surface at the highest image resolution.
NASA released the picture hinting towards the future plans to explore Europa in the coming decades. And this is based on the theory that there is water lurking underneath the moon’s icy shell. That water over there could host life under the right conditions as per scientist claims.
Kevin Hand, an astrobiologist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, said “The story of life on Earth may have begun in our oceans, and that’s because — of course — if we’ve learned anything about life on Earth, it’s that where you find the liquid water, you generally find life,”
Kevin also said that Europa is a “game-changer” for life-seeking missions as the moon’s main source of energy is the Jupiter and not sun. As the moon orbits the massive gas giant, the immense gravity from Jupiter causes Europa to flex. Due to this friction from such flexing could make it possible for moons and planets to host liquid water even if they are far from a star’s traditional habitable zone.
According to NASA “Hidden beneath Europa’s icy surface is perhaps the most promising place in our solar system beyond Earth to look for present-day environments that are suitable for life,” Among NASA’s proposed missions to Jupiter’s icy moon is the Europa Clipper which cost about $2 billion. It would orbit around Jupiter and gather information about Europa’s ocean in a series of flybys. If funded, the mission would launch sometime around 2025.