Europa in color

Europa in color

. A composite, color-enhanced image of the Minos Linea region of Jupiter's moon Europa, taken on 28 June 1996 by imaging cameras on Galileo. The icy plains, shown here in bluish hues, reflect different amounts of light, probably as the result of differences in the sizes of the ice grains. The long red cracks in the ice could mark the sites of liquid water oozing out from the warm interior of Europa. The area covered in this image is about 1.26 thousand meters across. In Greek mythology, Minos is the son of Zeus and the king of Crete, who kept a monster named minotaur in a labyrinth. Linea is a "dark or bright elongate marking". (Courtesy of JPL, NASA and PIRL at the University of Arizona.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University