Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from its global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io.
Add image to your album
Email this page Post this page to your Facebook wall Tweet this page

Taste of the Ocean on Europa's Surface (Artist's Concept)

Based on new evidence from Jupiter's moon Europa, astronomers hypothesize that chloride salts bubble up from the icy moon's global liquid ocean and reach the frozen surface where they are bombarded with sulfur from volcanoes on Jupiter's innermost large moon, Io. The new findings propose answers to questions that have been debated since the days of NASA's Voyager and Galileo missions. This illustration of Europa (foreground), Jupiter (right) and Io (middle) is an artist's concept.

Image details

ID#:
PIA16826

Date added:
2013-03-05

Target:
Europa

Size:
2550 x 3300 pixels (width x height)

Rating:



Views:
2,963

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA16826.tif (25.25 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA16826.jpg (0.39 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech