NASA’s Juno spacecraft captures the most detailed view yet of Jupiter’s moon, which could harbor extraterrestrial life

NASA has revealed a stunning close-up of Jupiter’s frozen moon, showing the most detail we’ve ever seen.

The image shows the icy surface of the moon Europa, where scientists believe extraterrestrial life may exist.

You've never seen Europe like this before

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You’ve never seen Europe like this beforeCredit: NASA/JPL

It’s the highest resolution the ocean-bearing moon has been recorded at, and offers experts plenty to study.

The image captures an “enigmatic region” approximately 93 miles by 125 miles.

A network of fine grooves and double ribs is clearly visible.

The pairs of long parallel lines are actually bumps in the ice.

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Nasa also says the dark spots could be caused by something erupting onto the surface from below.

And the white dots are signatures of high-energy particles from the moon’s intense radiation.

The image was taken by the space agency’s Juno spacecraft, which was sent out to study Jupiter more than a decade ago.

It was launched in August 2011 but did not reach Jupiter’s orbit until July 2016.

“This image unlocks an incredible level of detail in a region not previously imaged at such resolution and under such revealing lighting conditions,” said Heidi Becker, lead co-investigator for Juno’s Stellar Reference Unit, the star camera responsible for the image.

“The science team’s use of a star tracker camera is a great example of Juno’s groundbreaking capabilities.

“These features are so fascinating.

“Understanding how they formed – and how they are connected to the history of Europe – informs us about internal and external processes that shape the ice crust.”

It comes days after Nasa released another batch of photos of Europe.

The moon is believed to have an ocean beneath its thick frozen crust, increasing the possibility of underwater life.

The latest observations will help NASA plan its Europa Clipper mission.

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It is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral in Florida in 2024 and arrive in the Jovian system in 2030.

The European Space Agency is also planning close encounters with its Jupiter Icy Moons Explorer, or Juice, which will lift off next year.

Nasa also recently unveiled some new broader images of Europa

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Nasa also recently unveiled some new broader images of EuropaPhoto credit: NASA

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