What will NASA's Europa mission find when it heads toward Jupiter's intriguing moon in the 2020s?
Europa's astonishing geology and the potential to host the conditions for simple life make this moon a fascinating destination for future exploration around Jupiter. Beneath the icy surface, it is believed the moon may conceal a global ocean of salty liquid water that is twice the volume of the oceans of Earth. Jupiter's gravity tugging and flexing the shape of the moon generates enough heat to keep the ocean from freezing. On Earth, when we find water, we find life.
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A creative team of visual strategists at JPL, known as "The Studio," created this image as part of the "Visions of the Future." poster series.
Image Credits: Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech