How much of Jupiter's moon Europa is made of water? A lot, actually. Based on the Galileo probe data
acquired during its exploration of the Jovian system from 1995 to 2003, Europa possesses a deep, global ocean of liquid water
beneath a layer of surface ice. The subsurface ocean plus ice layer could range from 80 to 170 kilometers in average depth.
Adopting an estimate of 100 kilometers depth, if all the water on Europa
were gathered into a ball it would have a radius of 877 kilometers. To
scale, this intriguing illustration compares that hypothetical ball of all
the water on Europa to the size of Europa itself (left) - and similarly to all the water on planet Earth. With a volume 2-3 times the volume of water in Earth's oceans, the global
ocean on Europa holds out a tantalizing destination in the search for extraterrestrial life in our solar system.