PIA01504: Europa's Evening Terminator
Target Name: Europa
Is a satellite of: Jupiter
Mission: Voyager
Spacecraft: Voyager 2
Instrument: VG ISS - Narrow Angle
Product Size: 864 x 922 pixels (width x height)
Produced By: JPL
Producer ID: P21766
Addition Date: 1999-02-08
Primary Data Set: Voyager EDRs
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This image of the Jovian moon Europa was taken by Voyager 2 the spacecraft passed within 225,000 kilometers. The area shown is about 600 by 800 kilometers, July 9, 1979, as (140,625 miles). and the smallest features visible are about 4 kllometers in size. This image was taken along the evening terminator, which best shows the surface topography of complex narrow ridges, seen as curved bright streaks, 5 to 10 kilometers wide, andAlso visible are dark bands, typically 100 kilometers in length. more diffuse in character, 20 to 40 kilometers wide and hundreds to thousands of kilometers in length. A few features are suggestive of impact craters but are rare, indicating that the surface thought to be dominantly ice is still active, perhaps warmed by tidal heating like Io. The larger icy satellites, Callisto and Ganymede, are evidently colder with much more rigid crusts and ancient impact craters. The complex intersecting of dark markings and bright ridges suggest that the surface has been fractured and material from beneath has welled up to fill the cracks.

Image Credit:
NASA/JPL

Image Addition Date:
1999-02-08