NASA has released a video footage captured by its Voyager 2 spacecraft that shows exceptional views of Neptune’s moon Triton.
Scientists Paul Schenk, from the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston, assembled these photos together and reestablished them to develop them into a map. The images captured by Voyager 2 show the spacecraft approaching Neptune and Triton on August 25, 1989. The map was later developed into a minute-long movie detailing Voyager 2’s encounter with Triton.
Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released the adventurous video that shows Voyager 2 approaching towards Triton and Neptune, its encounter with the moon and its final departure.
According to the NASA, Triton map has a resolution of 1,970 feet (600 meters) per pixel. The colors used to develop the map include orange blue and green filters. Notably, the colors have been enhanced to highlight contrast.
In a blog post, Schenk wrote on Thursday, “In the intervening quarter century and its many discoveries, I think we have tended to forget how strange and exotic Triton really is!”
Its exclusive terrain, which have never been found anywhere in our solar system, makes Triton special for the scientists.
According to the scientists, Triton’s unique terrain may be possibly due to its frozen atmosphere which receives warmth of Neptune.
“The cantaloupe terrain, which I interpreted back in 1993 as due to crustal overturn (diapirism), hasn’t been seen anywhere else. The volcanic region, with its smooth plains and volcanic pits large and small, is the size of Texas. And the southern terrains still defy interpretation,” Schenk mentioned further in his post.
Schenk called Triton very important, saying it offers crucial clues about the appearances of geologic features on Pluto as both the bodies have icy crusts and are similar in looks.
Triton is a planet’s moon, while Pluto is a dwarf planet. According to the NASA scientists, Pluto cannot be termed as a copy of Triton. Regardless of their different identities, both bodies share some of identical features, which can serve as a preview for the upcoming Pluto encounter for the scientists.
Schenk further said both bodies would seemingly respond in similar ways under internal heat and stress.
“So if there were or are volcanoes on Pluto, they could look similar to those we see on Triton,” Schenk said in the blog post.
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