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EUROPA: This image shows two views of Jupiter's icy moon Europa, which is about the size of Earth’s Moon. The left image shows the approximate natural color appearance, while the one on the right is a false-color composite including infrared data. Dark brown areas represent salty material derived from the interior. Long, dark lines are fractures in the crust, some of which are more than 3,000km long! Europa compels astrobiologists because of its potential to host life in the liquid water ocean that scientists think exists beneath its icy exterior. Entire ecosystems have been found thriving near volcanoes (hydrothermal vents) on Earth’s seafloor which serve as analogues to what may exist on Europa. Image Credit: NASA/JPL/DLR
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