June 16, 2014

Distant Oasis

Photograph by Galileo Project/NASA/JPL; Reprocessed by Ted Stryk

The frozen, fissured surface of Jupiter's moon Europa, seen here in a colorized mosaic image from the Galileo spacecraft, hides a liquid ocean that may hold all the ingredients needed for life.

This image is from the July 2014 feature story “Life Beyond Earth."

27 comments
Khai Do
Khai Do

It seems to be life there... sixth sense :)

Sandy Coryell
Sandy Coryell

What is all the 'brown' stuff?  Is there soil or is it something else?

Literally a cool picture!

Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor

What an amazing distant world. How many more are there like Europa? Fabulous imagery.

Wendy Kreck
Wendy Kreck

You just have to love progress..this is beautifully amazing. Go us humans .. who push for understanding.

Crissty Hopkins
Crissty Hopkins

I love the stoic nature of this photograph. Wonderful!

Don D
Don D

My thoughts, as well as others of more notoriety believe the lines to be from tectonic shifting of the plates and volcanic activity. This could easily create varying sized cracking in the surface ice, at least that is one possible theory. Beyond educated guesses ( Theories ) there is no way to really know much without sending a manned, or more likely unmanned probe to delve into the secrets there. 

For now we can marvel at the amazing beauty of this creation, I must say I am moved when looking over all the details. I hope we can get much closer surface images in my life time.

Madhumita Pal
Madhumita Pal

Awesome pic !!! 

Could these be highways and smaller roads for transporting the god-knows-what-creature on Jupiter's moon ?? :)

Åsa Jansson
Åsa Jansson

When you see this picture, you can not stop thinking: there has been life on the planet!


Janice H.
Janice H.

Immensely fascinating and makes you want to know more.         Unbelievable photograph!

Mark Romero
Mark Romero

What are we think or known about those brown lines all over?

Mukoon Rashid
Mukoon Rashid

Fantastic work of distant nature and high technology.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a magnificent picture of  life beyond our globe, and maybe It will happen some day, but not in my time here, and I feel relief at that. Looking at the picture is enough for me! Good old world is enough for me!  j.e.s........

T. L.
T. L.

It's a great picture. Don't we live in wonderful times where technology can unravel some of the mysteries of the universe?

j. kalita
j. kalita

THE UNIVERSE  holds secrets and surprises...never ending.

susanne heinitz
susanne heinitz

Amazing.....yes very 'cell-like'.....well it goes all together somewhere....

Behnoosh Dehghanian
Behnoosh Dehghanian

I always, interested in life on other planet & beyond Earth..... Thanks for sharing .

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