Travelling in excess of 20 km s−1 in early 1986, the Voyager 2 spacecraft streaked past Uranus on its continuing journey through the outer Solar System. In its brief encounter, Voyager 2 returned more information on Uranus, its rings and its satellites than had been accumulated in the 205 years since the discovery of this, the seventh planet from the Sun. With the return of these data and the discovery of ten new satellites, the Uranus system can now be incorporated into the family of objects available for geologic study. An excellent collection of papers on the history of studies of Uranus and of pre-Voyager data is given by Hunt (1982).
KeywordsFault Scarp Galilean Satellite Large Satellite Large Crater Outer Solar System
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