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December 24, 1995
Uranus' Moon Miranda
NASA's robot spacecraft Voyager 2 passed the planet
Uranus and its moons in
1986. While the cloud tops of
Uranus proved to be rather featureless, the surface of
Uranus' large moons, showed several interesting features.
Voyager 2 passed closer to
Miranda than to any
Solar System body and hence
photographed it with the clearest resolution. Miranda's heavily cratered
terrain shows grooves like
several valleys and cliffs. Miranda is made of a roughly equal mix of ice
and rock. Miranda was discovered by Gerard Kuiper in 1948.
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