Uranus' moon Miranda


. The complex surface of Miranda, the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites, is seen at close range in this Voyager 2 image. It contains a rugged, higher-elevation terrain (right) and a lower, complex terrain with ridges, grooves and jagged cliffs. The numerous craters on the rugged, higher terrain indicate that it is older than the lower terrain. The largest impact craters shown here are abut 25 thousand meters across. The other relatively young and complex terrain is characterized by sets of bright and dark bands such as the distinctive "chevron" feature (top center). (Courtesy of JPL, NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University