This image of Miranda, obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 on approach in 1986, shows an unusual 'chevron' figure and regions of distinctly differing terrain on the Uranian moon.
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Miranda - 'Chevron' Grooves

This image of Miranda, obtained by Voyager 2 on approach, shows an unusual 'chevron' figure and regions of distinctly differing terrain on the Uranian moon. Voyager was 42,000 kilometers (26,000 miles) away when its narrow-angle camera acquired this clear-filter view. Grooved areas baring light and dark bands, distinct from other areas of mottled terrain, are visible at this resolution of about 600 meters (2,000 feet). The bright V-shaped feature in the grooved areas is the 'chevron' observed in earlier, lower-resolution images. Cutting across the bands are sinuous scarps, probably faults. Superimposed on both types of terrain are many bowl-shaped impact craters less than 5 km (3 mi) wide. The entire picture spans an area about 220 km (140 mi) across. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image details

ID#:
PIA00038

Date added:
1996-01-29

Target:
Miranda

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Voyager 2

Size:
764 x 785 pixels (width x height)

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA00038.tif (0.38 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA00038.jpg (0.07 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL