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Surface of Triton

This gorgeous image of Triton reveals many interesting features of its surface. The surface of Triton is halfway between that of Ganymede and that of Europa, of the Galilean satellites. There are portions that are heavily cratered, indicating that they are of ancient age, and there are portions which are resurfaced and relatively new. This may indicate the presence of active processes in the interior.

Sophisticated image processing has revealed what it may look like to practically be standing on the surface of Triton.

Last modified April 22, 2009 by Randy Russell.

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