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Ice in Europe. Solar System Details

Ice in Europe. Solar System Details

This bright white cut on the surface of the freezing Jovian moon Europe is known as Agenor Linea. This image only presents a small section of the 1,000 kilometers long and 5 kilometers wide of the accident, and is part of a combined image in black and white and color based on data from the Galileo ship.

Almost all linear accidents in Europe are dark in color, but Agenor Linea is particularly white, for reasons that are unknown. The origin of the reddish material seen on the sides is also unknown.

Although these and other details of the surface formations of Europe remain a mystery, the general results of the exploration of Europe by the Galileo ship have supported the idea that an ocean of liquid water lies beneath the cracked and frozen crust. An extraterrestrial liquid ocean keeps the tormenting possibility of life.

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