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Europa
Europa spacepedia.png

Planet of Origin

Jupiter

Discoverer

Galileo Gailei

Date of Discovery

January 8, 1610

Surface Color

Light-white

Composition

Salty water

Alternate Name(s):

Jupiter II

Europa is the smallest of the Galilean moons, behind Io, Callisto, and Ganymede, and is one of the satellites belonging to Jupiter. This moon was found by Galileo Galilei and the less credited, Simon Marius, on January 8, 1610, the day after Ganymede, the largest of Jupiter's natural satellites, was discovered.

It is the sixth largest moon.

Formation[]

europa and the other Galilean moons formed from a debris disc around jupiter, most of the moons spiralled into the Jupiter leaving only Io, Europa, Ganymede`s, and Callisto

Composition[]

Europa contains an ocean deep inside of the moon, just like Ganymede. Tidal flexing, which is flexing caused by gravitational pulls between surrounding moons, keeps the ocean liquefied.

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