Nasa unveils new high resolution image of one of Jupiter's moons: Icy Europa

Nasa unveils new high resolution image of one of Jupiter's moons: Europa. Credit: Nasa

Space agency Nasa has unveiled a remastered, high resolution image of one of Jupiter’s moons - the icy Europa.

The newly-reprocessed colour view has been gleaned from images taken by NASA's Galileo spacecraft in the late 1990s.

The remastered image shows the largest portion of the moon's surface at the highest resolution.

The new versions is an improvement on the lower resolution "mosaic" image and the picture of Europa has colours that are more realistic in terms of how it would appear to the human eye.

The scene shows long cracks and ridges crisscross the surface, interrupted by region where the surface ice crust has been broken up and re-frozen into new patterns.

Areas that appear blue or white contain relatively pure water ice, while reddish and brownish areas include less ice

The polar regions, visible at the left and right of this view, are noticeably bluer than along the moon's equator, which look more white.

Images taken through near-infrared, green and violet filters have been combined to produce this image

This global color view is from of images acquired by the Galileo Solid-State Imaging (SSI) experiment on the spacecraft's first and fourteenth orbits through the Jupiter system, in 1995 and 1998.

Its scale is 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) per pixel.

The Galileo mission was managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington.

Additional information about Galileo and its discoveries is available on the Galileo mission home page.

More information about Europa can be found at the Nasa webpage.