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In 2001, we revisited Europa. Four years did little to change the Jovian moon. It remained icy, cold, and lifeless although sources of water were reported to flow under the thick blanket of ice that coated Europa.


Date of Discovery





48 billion billion tonnes


1569 km

Distance from Jupiter

670 900 km

Time to revolve around its own axis

3.5 days

Time to orbit to around Jupiter

3.5 days

Orbital Speed

13 740 m/s

Surface Composition

water, ice


Closeup of Europa's Planetary Surface: A short videoclip showing the surface features of Europa.
How Europa Revolves: A short videoclip showing how the moon revolves around its own axis. Recreated with images from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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