The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)’s has shared striking pictures of Jupiter’s moon Europa.
The picture of its ice-covered, complex surface was captured by Juno’s Stellar Reference Unit (SRU) during a flyby.
With just 352 km above the surface, it was the closest a spacecraft has ever been to Europe.
Earlier, only NASA’s Galileo came within 351 km of the surface. NASA defines Europa as the sixth-largest moon in the solar system.
It is only slightly smaller than Earth’s moon.
Jupiter’s Moon Europa
A salty ocean also lies below a thick ice shell. This might be a potential hub of experimentation when it comes to supporting human life.
Since its launch in August 2011, Juno has been on a mission to know Jupiter deeply. In its extended mission, Juno spacecraft is an explorer of the full Jovian system.