Europa

Europa

Europa is the fourth largest of Jupiter's moons. Like Io, Callisto and Ganymede, it was discovered by Galileo and the German astronomer Simon Marius in 1610.

Europa's icy surface is relatively smooth and has distinctive linear ridges, cracks and flows. Many scientists believe that liquid water oceans may lie beneath this outer ice layer, making Europa a place where life could exist.

Photo: Europa taken by the Galileo probe (NASA)

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Jupiter's smooth moon may have subsurface oceans.

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