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Saturn's icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.
Saturn's icy moon Miranda is seen in this image from Voyager 2 on January 24, 1986.

Miranda's Icy Face

On Jan. 24, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this color picture of the Uranian moon, Ariel. Most of the visible surface consists of relatively intensely cratered terrain transected by fault scarps and fault-bounded valleys (graben).
On Jan. 24, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this color picture of the Uranian moon, Ariel. Most of the visible surface consists of relatively intensely cratered terrain transected by fault scarps and fault-bounded valleys (graben).

Ariel - Highest Resolution Color Picture

This mosaic of Miranda was obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 during its close flyby of the Uranian moon. Miranda exhibits varied geologic provinces where ridges and valleys of one province are cut off against the boundary of the next province.
This mosaic of Miranda was obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 during its close flyby of the Uranian moon. Miranda exhibits varied geologic provinces where ridges and valleys of one province are cut off against the boundary of the next province.

Miranda - High Resolution Mosaic

These two images of Uranus, one in true color and the other in false color, were compiled from images returned in 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of NASA's Voyager 2.
These two images of Uranus, one in true color and the other in false color, were compiled from images returned in 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of NASA's Voyager 2.

Uranus in True and False Color

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.
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.

Miranda High Resolution of Large Fault

These two pictures of Uranus were compiled from images recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 1O, 1986. This view is toward the planet's pole of rotation, which lies just left of center. The image on the right is a false-color image.
These two pictures of Uranus were compiled from images recorded by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 1O, 1986. This view is toward the planet's pole of rotation, which lies just left of center. The image on the right is a false-color image.

Uranus, towards the planet's pole of rotation.

A sliver of Uranus is seen by NASA's Voyager 2. This image was taken through three color filters and recombined to produce the color image.
A sliver of Uranus is seen by NASA's Voyager 2. This image was taken through three color filters and recombined to produce the color image.

Uranus

A recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites.
A recent NASA Hubble Space Telescope view reveals Uranus surrounded by its four major rings and by 10 of its 17 known satellites.

Hubble Finds Many Bright Clouds on Uranus

This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.
This view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features a blue planet, Uranus, imaged by Cassini for the first time. Uranus is a pale blue in this natural color image because its visible atmosphere contains methane gas and few aerosols or clouds.

Blue Orb on the Horizon

NASA's Voyager 2 took this image on January  24, 1986, showing Ariel's surface densely pitted with craters. Numerous valleys and fault scarps crisscross the highly pitted terrain.
NASA's Voyager 2 took this image on January  24, 1986, showing Ariel's surface densely pitted with craters. Numerous valleys and fault scarps crisscross the highly pitted terrain.

Ariel's Densely Pitted Surface

Taking its first peek at Uranus, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) detected six distinct clouds in images taken July 28,1997.
Taking its first peek at Uranus, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope's Near Infrared Camera and Multi-Object Spectrometer (NICMOS) detected six distinct clouds in images taken July 28,1997.

Hubble Tracks Clouds on Uranus

Uranus' moon Miranda is shown in a computer-assembled mosaic of images obtained Jan. 24, 1986, by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Miranda is the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites,
Uranus' moon Miranda is shown in a computer-assembled mosaic of images obtained Jan. 24, 1986, by NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft. Miranda is the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites,

South Polar View of Miranda

This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.
This is an image of the planet Uranus taken by the spacecraft Voyager 2 in 1986.

Uranus as seen by NASA's Voyager 2

Processing brings out Uranus' atmosphere in this image taken by NASA's Voyager 2.
Processing brings out Uranus' atmosphere in this image taken by NASA's Voyager 2.

Uranus' Atmosphere

Uranus' rings, photographed by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 as it approached the plane of the Uranian ring system.
Uranus' rings, photographed by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 as it approached the plane of the Uranian ring system.

Uranus' Far-flung Rings

Taken in 1997, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using visible light, detected clouds in the northern hemisphere of Uranus.
Taken in 1997, NASA's Hubble Space Telescope, using visible light, detected clouds in the northern hemisphere of Uranus.

Hubble Spots Northern Hemispheric Clouds on Uranus

Montage of Uranus' five largest satellites taken by NASA's Voyager 2.. From to right to left in order of decreasing distance from Uranus are Oberon, Titania, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda.
Montage of Uranus' five largest satellites taken by NASA's Voyager 2.. From to right to left in order of decreasing distance from Uranus are Oberon, Titania, Umbriel, Ariel, and Miranda.

Uranus - Montage of Uranus' Five Largest Satellites

This NASA Voyager 2 image of the Uranian rings delta, gamma, eta, beta and alpha (from top) was taken Jan. 23, 1986.
This NASA Voyager 2 image of the Uranian rings delta, gamma, eta, beta and alpha (from top) was taken Jan. 23, 1986.

Rings of Uranus

A latitude-longitude grid superimposed on this false color image obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 shows that Uranus' atmosphere circulates in the same direction as the planet rotates.
A latitude-longitude grid superimposed on this false color image obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 shows that Uranus' atmosphere circulates in the same direction as the planet rotates.

Uranus' Atmosphere

This picture is part of NASA's Voyager 2 imaging sequence of Ariel, a moon of Uranus taken on January  24, 1986. The complexity of Ariel's surface indicates that a variety of geologic processes have occurred.
This picture is part of NASA's Voyager 2 imaging sequence of Ariel, a moon of Uranus taken on January  24, 1986. The complexity of Ariel's surface indicates that a variety of geologic processes have occurred.

Ariel at Voyager Closest Approach

Distinct bright patches are visible on Ariel, the brightest of Uranus' five largest satellites. NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this image Jan. 22, 1986, from a distance of 2.52 million kilometers (1.56 million miles).
Distinct bright patches are visible on Ariel, the brightest of Uranus' five largest satellites. NASA's Voyager 2 obtained this image Jan. 22, 1986, from a distance of 2.52 million kilometers (1.56 million miles).

Bright patches on Ariel

On Jan. 23, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 discovered a tenth ring orbiting Uranus. The tenth ring is about midway between the bright, outermost epsilon ring and the next ring down, called delta.
On Jan. 23, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 discovered a tenth ring orbiting Uranus. The tenth ring is about midway between the bright, outermost epsilon ring and the next ring down, called delta.

Uranus' Tenth Ring

This computer enhancement of a NASA Voyager 2 image, emphasizes the high-level haze in Uranus' upper atmosphere. Clouds are obscured by the overlying atmosphere.
This computer enhancement of a NASA Voyager 2 image, emphasizes the high-level haze in Uranus' upper atmosphere. Clouds are obscured by the overlying atmosphere.

Uranus' Upper Atmosphere

NASA's Voyager 2 took this wide-angle image of Uranus' rings as the spacecraft neared the plane of the rings less than an hour before closest approach to the planet.
NASA's Voyager 2 took this wide-angle image of Uranus' rings as the spacecraft neared the plane of the rings less than an hour before closest approach to the planet.

Uranus' Rings

Uranus' outermost and largest moon, Oberon, is seen in this image, obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 22, 1986. Oberon displays several distinct highly reflective (high-albedo) patches with low-albedo centers.
Uranus' outermost and largest moon, Oberon, is seen in this image, obtained by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 22, 1986. Oberon displays several distinct highly reflective (high-albedo) patches with low-albedo centers.

Uranus' largest moon Oberon

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