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Icy Triton seen anew

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Monday, August 25, 2014/Categories: natural history, video, space science

The dual Voyager spacecrafts were launched in August 1977. They still keep us amazed. In 1989, Voyager 2 passed above Neptune's moon Triton. To honor the fly, the  Lunar & Planetary Institute  has created a video composite of the original photographic imagery captured while the Voyager  passedover the icy moon. According to LPI:

"Voyager 2 made a hair-raising pass over Neptune’s large moon Triton in August 1989. Approaching from the deep south, Voyager passed over the north pole of cloud-swept Neptune, almost close enough to brush the far-attenuated upper atmosphere.The gravity of Neptune pulled the spacecraft down toward Triton, passing over the unlit north pole of that bitterly cold icy moon.This movie, using the best Voyager map, in color, recreates that encounter with Triton as Voyager 2 ended its tour of the Giant Planets and began its lonely trek into deep space."

Here's the video:


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