From NASA's Planetary Photojournal
This Voyager 2 image of Miranda was taken Jan 24, l986, 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 (reflectances). 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 fracture sand troughs, and the different densities of impact craters on them, signify a long, complex geologic evolution of this satellite.
Image Title: Miranda Fractures, Grooves, and Craters
Catalog #: PIA00140
Target Name: Miranda
Spacecraft: Voyager 2
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