A Jovian moon and one of Galilean Moons

Quick Facts

  • Diameter: ~ 3,100 KM

  • Adjective used: Europan

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  • Type: Natural Satellite

  • Distance from Jupiter: ~ 670,900 KM

Europa, also known as Jupiter II, is the one of a Jovian moons category - Galilean Moons. It is the sixth closest natural satellite to the planet Jupiter. Europa has the smoothest surface of any known to object in the solar system. Europa is also the sixth largest natural satellite in the solar system.

Named after

Europa moon is named after Europa, the mortal consort of Zeus - the Greek mythological king of Sky and thunder and the counterpart of Roman king Jupiter. Continent Europe on Earth is also named after her.

Colonization of Europa

Europa is believed to have liquid water ocean underneath its silicate rock and has a water-ice crust. Though access and exploration of this liquid water ocean is major concern, however abundant water availability is plus factor for human colonization. Water can not only provide drinking and daily use water for colonists but can also be broken down to provide breathable oxygen for them.