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Range Smallest Resolvable Feature shows the first photo of Triton to reveal surface topography.

JPL1989-08-24

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P-34687 Range : 530,000 km. ( 330,000 miles ) Smallest Resolvable Feature : 10 km or 6 miles This Voyager 2 image of Neptune's satellite Triton shows the first photo of Triton to reveal surface topography. The south pole, continuously illuminated by sunlight at this season, ia at bottom left. the boundary between bright southern hemisphere and the darker and the darker, northern hemisphere is clearly visible. Both the darker regions to the north and the very bright sub-equatorial band show a complex pattern of irregular topography that somewhat resembles 'fretted terrain' on parts of Venus and Mars. The pattern of dark and light regions over most of the southern hemisphere will require higher resolution images for interpretation. Also evident are long, straight lines that appear to be surface expressions of internal, tectonic processes. No large impact ctaters are visible, suggesting that the crust of Triton has been renewed relatively recently, that is, within the last bllion years or less.

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  • Title: Range Smallest Resolvable Feature shows the first photo of Triton to reveal surface topography.
  • Creator: JPL
  • Date Created: 1989-08-24
  • Owner: ARC
  • Album: edrobin1
  • About Title: To help you find images you’re searching for, previously untitled images have been labelled automatically based on their description

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