Chapter 10. Jupiter's Moon Europa: Geology and Habitability

  1. Dr. Gerda Horneck and
  2. Dr. Petra Rettberg
  1. Christophe Sotin and
  2. Daniel Prieur

Published Online: 7 FEB 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9783527618996.ch10

Complete Course in Astrobiology

Complete Course in Astrobiology

How to Cite

Sotin, C. and Prieur, D. (2007) Jupiter's Moon Europa: Geology and Habitability, in Complete Course in Astrobiology (eds G. Horneck and P. Rettberg), Wiley-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim, Germany. doi: 10.1002/9783527618996.ch10

Editor Information

  1. DLR, Inst. of Aerospace Medicine, Linder Höhe, 51147 Köln, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 7 FEB 2008
  2. Published Print: 23 FEB 2007

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9783527406609

Online ISBN: 9783527618996



  • astrobiology;
  • Jupiter's moon Europa;
  • geology;
  • habitability;
  • past exploration of Europa;
  • internal structure;
  • models of evolution;
  • life on moon Europa;
  • future missions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Short Survey of the Past Exploration of Europa

  • Geology of the Moon Europa

    • Surface Features

    • Composition of the Surface

  • Internal Structure of the Moon Europa

  • Models of Evolution of the Moon Europa

  • Astrobiological Considerations about Possibilities for Life on the Moon Europa

  • Summary and Conclusions

  • Outlook and Plans for Future Missions

  • Further Reading

    • Books and Articles in Books

    • Articles in Journals

    • Web Sites

  • Questions for Students