Never-Before-Seen Photographs of Europa Shows Rivers of Red Ice

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The people at JPL have issued a new image of the exterior of Europa, Jupiter's watery, disordered, eruptive, and possibly life-harboring satellite. The picture clarifies the difference between the moon's comparatively clean water ice (blue-white land) and it’s saltier, and thus redder, surface ice. According to JPL, the image region measures about 101 by 103 miles (163 km by 167 km), and is composited from photos seized by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late nineties. Initially published in monochrome, this colorized style gives us additional vision into Europa's strange geology;

“The reddish material is associated with the broad band in the center of the image, as well as some of the narrower bands, ridges, and disrupted chaos-type features. It is possible that these surface features may have communicated with a global subsurface ocean layer during or after their formation.”

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