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.
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Uranus' Upper Atmosphere

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    Miranda - 'Chevron' Grooves

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    This image of Oberon, Uranus' outermost moon, was captured by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986. Clearly visible are several large impact craters in Oberon's icy surface surrounded by bright rays.
    This image of Oberon, Uranus' outermost moon, was captured by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986. Clearly visible are several large impact craters in Oberon's icy surface surrounded by bright rays.

    Oberon at Voyager Closest Approach

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    On Jan. 24, 1986, NASA's Voyager 2 returned the highest-resolution picture of Titania, Uranus' largest satellite. Abundant impact craters of many sizes pockmark the ancient surface; most prominent features are fault valleys that stretch across Titania.
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    Titania - Highest Resolution Voyager Picture

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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

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    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

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  • This false-color view of the rings of Uranus was made from images taken by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 21, 1986. All nine known rings are visible here; the somewhat fainter, pastel lines seen between them are contributed by the computer enhancement.
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    Uranus Rings in False Color

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    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.
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    Miranda - High Resolution Mosaic

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    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.
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    Uranus in True and False Color

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    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

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    The southern hemisphere of Umbriel displays heavy cratering in this NASA Voyager 2 image, taken Jan. 24, 1986. This frame is the most detailed image of Umbriel, the darkest of Uranus' larger moons.
    The southern hemisphere of Umbriel displays heavy cratering in this NASA Voyager 2 image, taken Jan. 24, 1986. This frame is the most detailed image of Umbriel, the darkest of Uranus' larger moons.

    Umbriel at Closest Approach

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  • This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Uranus reveals the planet's rings and bright clouds and a high altitude haze above the planet's south pole.
    This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Uranus reveals the planet's rings and bright clouds and a high altitude haze above the planet's south pole.

    Hubble Observes the Planet Uranus

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    Miranda reveals a complex geologic history in this view, acquired by NASA's Voyager 2 on Jan. 24, 1986, around its close approach to the Uranian moon. At least three terrain types of different age and geologic style are evident.
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    Miranda's Geologic History (variety of terrain)

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    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.
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    Uranus, towards the planet's pole of rotation.

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    This image captured by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 revealed a continuous distribution of small particles throughout the Uranus ring system. This unique geometry, the highest phase angle at which Voyager imaged the rings, allowed us to see lanes of fine dust.
    This image captured by NASA's Voyager 2 in 1986 revealed a continuous distribution of small particles throughout the Uranus ring system. This unique geometry, the highest phase angle at which Voyager imaged the rings, allowed us to see lanes of fine dust.

    Uranus Ring System

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    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

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  • This image shows a crescent Uranus, a view that Earthlings never witnessed until Voyager 2 flew near and then beyond Uranus on Jan 24, 1986.
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    Color Voyager 2 Image Showing Crescent Uranus

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    This NASA Hubble Space Telescope image of the planet Uranus reveals the planet's rings, at least five of the inner moons, and bright clouds in the planet's southern hemisphere.
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    Hubble Observes the Moons and Rings of Uranus

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    NASA's Hubble Space Telescope peered deep into Uranus' atmosphere to see clear and hazy layers created by a mixture of gases. Using infrared filters, Hubble captured detailed features of three layers of Uranus' atmosphere.
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    Hubble Captures Detailed Image of Uranus' Atmosphere

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    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.
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    Blue Orb on the Horizon

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    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,
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    South Polar View of Miranda

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