Miranda

Miranda

Fig. 11.12 . The innermost large moon of Uranus, Miranda, is seen at close range in this Voyager 2 image, which was taken on 24 January 1986. The great variety and directions of the fractures and troughs, and the different densities of impact craters on them, signify a long, violent history for Miranda. Two distinct types of terrain are visible. They are rugged, higher-elevation terrain, disappearing into the shadows (upper right), and the lower-elevation, striated terrain (upper left). The light gray cliff (bottom right) is 20 kilometers high; the larger crater (lower middle) is about 25 kilometers across. (Courtesy of NASA/JPL.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University