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(Courtesy Charley Kohlhase)

Charley Kohlhase’s Solar System

The images that awed Voyager’s mission designer.

Uranus' Innermost Moon

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(NASA)

“This amazing image of the innermost of Uranus’ five large moons reveals a jumbled and chaotic surface which some believed could only have resulted from a great collision that shattered Miranda eons ago, only to have it slowly reassemble in orbit to yield these widely varying types of terrain. Scientists would have chosen one of the larger moons for close passage, but the aiming point for continuing to Neptune only permitted a close pass of Miranda. But no one was disappointed. It seemed that the moons of the outer planets were all far more interesting than Earth’s moon.”

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