On the Cover: "Fantastically weird" slipped out as geologist Jim Head described the latest <i>Galileo</i> images of Europa. This is one of the most enigmatic worlds seen yet by spacecraft, and the closer we look, the stranger it gets. It may possess an ocean beneath a water-ice crust, perhaps hiding a potential habitat for life. Here we show the moon as it appeared from 677,000 kilometers (420,00 miles) away last September during <i>Galileo</i>'s flyby of Ganymede. At left is a false-color image, with contrasts enhanced to bring out compositional differences in the primarily ice crust. At right is a natural-color image, showing Europa as it might appear to an observer riding the spacecraft.
9 Farewell, Pioneer: James D. Burke discusses how Pioneer 10 will soon fall silent after 25 years—a victim of budget cuts, not the rigors of space.
10 Weird and Wonderful: Europa Keeps Her Secrets: Charlene Anderson tempts us with tantalizing Galileo images of Europa, and what they could mean for the potential for a subsurface ocean.
3 Members' Dialogue Inspiration and praise.
15 World Watch Upcoming European and Japanese missions; Russia looks at Mars '96 reflight options.
16 Basics of Spaceflight End-to-end data flow—the downlink part.
18 News & Reviews Jack Frost's artistry; extrasolar Europas?
19 Society News Mars balloon prototype explodes; META II restarts SETI.
20 Q&A Will we find Earth/Mars rocks on the Moon?