NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft flew by Triton, a moon of Neptune, on August 25, 1989. This frame from a video using Voyager data recreates that exciting encounter.
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Triton Video

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NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon Triton in the summer of 1989. Like an old film, Voyager's historic footage of Triton has been "restored" and used to construct the best-ever global color map of that strange moon (See PIA18668). The map, produced by Dr. Paul Schenk, a scientist at the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, has also been used to make this movie recreating that historic Voyager encounter, which took place 25 years ago, on August 25, 1989.

The Voyager mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in Pasadena, California, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate (SMD) at NASA Headquarters in Washington. Caltech manages JPL for NASA.

Image details

ID#:
PIA18669

Date added:
2014-08-21

Target:
Triton

Mission:
Voyager

Spacecraft:
Voyager 2

Instruments:
VG Imaging Science Subsystem - Narrow Angle

Rating:



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3,607

Full-Res TIFF:
PIA18669.tif (4.67 MB)

Full-Res JPG:
PIA18669.jpg (0.18 MB)

Image credit:
NASA/JPL-Caltech/Lunar & Planetary Institute