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Scientists say this is a prime place to look for life in the solar system.
"We have a lot of things planned on Europa," says Hal Weaver, New Horizons project scientist at the Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University in Laurel, Maryland, US. "And even though it's a flyby and we can't sit there and observe it for a long time, we're trying to pack in as much as we can."
New Horizons will attempt to make the best ever maps of the composition of the surface of Europa and the other large moons, Ganymede and Callisto.
With a resolution of 15 kilometres per pixel, New Horizons will try to spy large circular grooves on the surface of Europa's ice shell – "one of the oddest features we don't know much about", says John Spencer, deputy lead for the spacecraft's scientific observations of the flyby.