U.S. Planetary Scientist Creates New Map of Triton

August 25, 2014 10:56 AM

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On August 25, 1989, NASA’s Voyager 2 spacecraft passed within about 40,000 km of Triton, the largest moon of the planet Neptune. In commemoration of the 25th anniversary of this event, Dr Paul Schenk of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston has created a new high-resolution global map of the icy moon.

Discovered in 1846 by British astronomer William Lassell, just 17 days after the discovery of Neptune, Triton is the largest of Neptune’s 13 moons and the seventh-largest moon in the Solar System.

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