Flyover of Miranda, Uranian moon.
Imaging data acquired January 1986 by Voyager 2, topography derived by P. Schenk. The total topographic relief shown here is roughly 10 kilometers. Note that we are seeing roughly half of the entire moon here (which is roughly 500 km across), but the data are shown in flat map projection (the renderer cannot as yet handle a true sphere).
The movie begins with an approach toward Elsinore Corona, one of the ovoid regions of ridges and grooves. It then turns toward and over Inverness Corona, a smaller region of resurfacing very close to the south pole. We end with a "landing" along the edge of the 10 km deep Verona Rupes fault canyon system.
The first two views of Elsinore Corona, an ovoid shaped region resurfaced by ridges composed of water and possibly other ices. These ridges stand up to 2 kilometers high in some locations. The rugged terrain nearby is ancient cratered highlands, which has relief of 5 kilometers or more.
The next two views show the border between Inverness Corona and the more rugged cratered highlands. Inverness, like Elsinore, has been resurfaced by viscous ices that flowed onto the surface, forming ridges several hundred meters to a kilometer or so high. The cratered highlands have relief of several kilometers.
Verona Rupes and Inverness Corona
This area is the most rugged terrain known on Miranda. Up to 10 kilometers of relief has been mapped here, a complex area formed by the intersection of multiple tectonic features.
New Global Image Mosaic and Topographic Map of Miranda
These maps (image mosaic on top, topography on bottom) are in lambertian equal area projection, centered on the south pole. They have been reduced in size by a factor of 2 for the web.
All images may be used with permission.
Credit: NASA/JPL and Paul Schenk/Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston