Miranda

Miranda

. Two strikingly different types of terrain are found on Miranda, the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites. It is 480 kilometers in diameter. There is an old, heavily cratered, rolling terrain with relatively uniform reflectivity (left), and a young, complex terrain (right) characterized by sets of bright and dark bands, jagged cliffs, ridges and grooves, as well as the distinctive chevron feature (above and right of center). This image was taken from the Voyager 2 spacecraft on 24 January 1986. (Courtesy of NASA, JPL and the U.S. Geological Survey.)

Copyright 2010, Professor Kenneth R. Lang, Tufts University