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8 outstanding images of the planet Uranus

By: Katherine Butler on April 11, 2011, 1:25 p.m.
Miranda as seen by Voyager 2


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Miranda as seen by Voyager 2

The moon Miranda is named for the daughter of Prospero in "The Tempest." It is seen here in a photo taken from Voyager 2 in 1986. It is the smallest of Uranus' largest satellites, but it is considered perhaps one of the most intriguing moons in the solar system. Made of ice and rock, Miranda's surface is made up of ancient and newer surfaces, a rarity in planetary geology. Some experts believe this combination of surfaces was caused by partly melted ice upwells forced new surfaces into existence while other experts think that Miranda may have literally shattered and reformed itself over the centuries.