PIA00140: Miranda Fractures, Grooves and Craters
 Target Name:  Miranda
 Is a satellite of:  Uranus
 Mission:  Voyager
 Spacecraft:  Voyager 2
 Instrument:  VG ISS - Narrow Angle
 Product Size:  789 x 768 pixels (w x h)
 Produced By:  JPL
 Producer ID:  P29513
 Addition Date:  1996-01-29
 Primary Data Set:  Voyager EDRs
 Full-Res TIFF:  PIA00140.tif (270 kB)
 Full-Res JPEG:  PIA00140.jpg (99.9 kB)

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This Voyager 2 image of Miranda was taken Jan 24, 1986, from a distance of about 31,000 kilometers (19,000 miles), shortly before the spacecraft's closest approach to the Uranian moon. The high resolution of 600 meters (2,000 feet) reveals a bewildering variety of fractures, grooves and craters, as well as features of different albedos (reflectancea). This clear-filter, narrow-angle view encompasses areas of older, heavily cratered terrain with a wide variety of forms. The grooves and troughs reach depths of a few kilometers (or miles) and expose materials of different albedos. The great variety of directions of fractures and troughs, and the different densities of impact craters on them, signify a long, complex geologic evolution of this satellite. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

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