It’s Wednesday, so that means its time for another “Where In The Universe” challenge to test your visual knowledge of the cosmos. See if you can name where in the Universe this image is from, and give yourself extra points if you can name the spacecraft responsible for the image. Make your guess and post a comment. Check back sometime on Thursday to find the answer and see how you did (and yes, I’ll try to remember to post the answer in a timely fashion this week!)
UPDATE: The answer has now been posted below.
Pretty much everyone said this was Europa, and guess what, you’re right! This highly detailed image of Jupiter’s moon Europa was taken by the Galileo spacecraft. It’s a processed image to show the differences in materials that cover the ice. The red linear features are cracks and ridges that stretch for thousands of kilometres across the moon’s surface, resulting from tides raised by the pull of Jupiter. The mottled red terrain shows areas that have been disrupted and where ice blocks have moved around. The red material is thought to be a non-ice contaminant, such as salts brought up from the ocean thought to lie beneath Europa’s icy shell. Image: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona.
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Great job everyone, and check back again next week for another WITU Challenge!
40 Replies to “Where In The Universe #43”
Man…am I the first to say…Europa?!
robbi…I’l bite your legs of! 😉
rui borges -lol sorry about that lol
This one is easy: Jupiter’s moon Europa. The spacecraft is Galileo, although I’m less certain about this part.
Surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa, the spacecraft is Galileo (1996).
Yep, looks like Europa to me. 🙂
Less sure on the Galileo but I think so.
Definitely Europa, in false or at least exaggerated color.
And very probably Galileo, I don’t think the Voyagers caught so much detail.
Photo is Europa taken by Galileo in the 90s.
Too easy – that’s Europa. Woo Hoo! I got one!
ALL THESE WORLDS ARE YOURS EXCEPT EUROPA.
ATTEMPT NO LANDINGS THERE.
Hapio: Don’t worry, at the rate we’re going we’ll never attempt a landing there… On Europa as taken by the Galileo spacecraft.
Gotta go with false colour of Europa there – colour coded to bring out differences in chemical composition of the icy surface.
Europa… how I whish were here… (perhaps in digital form)
of course Europa
Yep Europe and Yep Galilieo
Finally one I know immediately – Europa.
Surface of Europa, taken by Galileo.
Europa. But much more importantly, it shows the coloured lines that seem to point to the potential for a lichen type of growth that might, might, be life on another body in the solar system.
Cracks on the surface of Europa moon of jupiter Black iquid hydrocarbons coming out in the cracks.
Europa Voyager 2
Europa. All too easy. Although I can’t give myself the extra points, this should be changed to ‘Where in our Solar System’.
How many extra points do we get? This is the easiest one thus far. The extra point value must be low.
Europa, from Galileo
Any space geek who does not immediately recognize this as Europa should have their pocket protectors revoked immediately.
And hooray that the major space powers are finally going to get serious about exploring the one other world in this solar system that may have actual living life on it! Even if it will take another 2 decades to happen.
Europa, Jupiter’s moon. Don’t care which spacecraft took this picture
I think I might actually be right this time! Europa- Galileo
I think it is closer to home. Looks like blood vessels in an eye
Yup, I like Dave Hall’s answer! As a former bio teacher, that’s the first thing I thought of too– retinal patterns. As for the spaceship, I suggest it was actually a submarine, the Proteus, from the movie “Fantastic Voyage”!
I’m with Dave on this one, it’s an eye…Got to go against the stream sometimes…
“All these worlds are yours except Europa, attempt no landings there”
Jupiters moon Europa, one of the more exotic pictures…
Europa is really easy to pick, btw is it a false colour image, I’m puzzled as to why some features the lines appear red?
It’s a close-up of my eyeball on a Sunday morning! ;0)
Europa (faux-color imagery)
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