NASA’s Juno spacecraft snaps its most detailed view of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa

NASA’s Jupiter-exploring Juno spacecraft captured its most detailed image of the ice-covered, ocean-bearing moon Europa, which scientists think is one of the likeliest places in the solar system to host extraterrestrial life.

The image, taken last week during Juno‘s close flyby of the mysterious moon, reveals a frozen surface criss-crossed by ridges and grooves, as well as a plethora of unusual features. Dark blotches stain the ice in the upper right corner of the image and to the bottom right of center, which, scientists believe, may have been produced by material bubbling up from the depths of Europe‘s ocean and erupting onto the ice.

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