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Dark Areas on Triton

Target Name:  Triton
Spacecraft:  Voyager 2
Produced by:  NASA/JPL
Copyright: NASA Copyright Free Policy
Date Released: August 25, 1989

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Voyager 2 acquired this black and white image of Triton, Neptune's largest satellite, during the night of Aug. 24-25, 1989. Triton's limb cuts obliquely across the middle of the image. The field of view is about 1,000 km (600 miles) across. Three irregular dark areas, surrounded by brighter material, dominate the image. Low-lying material with intermediate albedo occupies the central area, and fresh craters occur along the right margin. Sub-parallel alignment of linear patches of dark material shown in the lower and left part of the image suggests that the patches are structurally controlled.

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