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Europa

Moon of Jupiter

After Io, Europa is the second nearest of the four bright Galilean Moons to its parent planet of Jupiter. Only slightly smaller than Earth's own Moon, Europa's surface is covered with a coating of ice, which is thought to overlie an ocean of liquid water or icy 'slush'. The tremendous gravitational forces of Jupiter apply immense tidal forces to this moon, resulting in a network of cracks and fissures criss-crossing the Europa's icy surface.

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