This image of Miranda, Uranus' moon, was acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986. Miranda displays a dramatically varied surface. Well shown are numerous ridges and valleys -- a topography that was probably produced by compressional tectonics.
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Miranda High Resolution of Large Fault

This high-resolution image of Miranda was acquired by Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986, when the spacecraft was 36,250 kilometers (22,500 miles) from the Uranian moon. In this clear-filter, narrow-angle image, Miranda displays a dramatically varied surface. Well shown at this resolution of 660 meters (2,160 feet) are numerous ridges and valleys -- a topography that was probably produced by compressional tectonics. Cutting across the ridges and valleys are many faults. The largest fault scarp, or cliff, is seen below and right of center; it shows grooves probably made by the contact of the fault blocks as they rubbed against each other (leaving what are known as slickensides). Movement of the down-dropped block is shown by the offset of the ridges. The fault may be 5 km (3 mi) high, or higher than the walls of the Grand Canyon on Earth. The Voyager project is managed for NASA by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

Image details

ID#:
PIA00044

Date added:
1996-01-29

Target:
Miranda

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Voyager 2

Instruments:
Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

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Full-Res TIFF:
PIA00044.tif (0.33 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA00044.jpg (0.08 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL