Voyager at 40: 40 Photos from NASA's Epic 'Grand Tour' Mission

Dione

NASA/JPL

Many large impact craters are seen in this view of the Saturn moon Dione taken by Voyager 1 on Nov. 12, 1980, from a range of about 149,000 miles (240,000 kilometers).

Titan

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Voyager 2 view of Saturn's huge, hazy moon Titan from Aug. 23, 1981.

Hazy Moon

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This Voyager 1 view of Titan, taken on Nov. 12, 1980, shows the Saturn moon's thick haze layer.

Layers of Haze

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Layers of haze covering Saturn's moon Titan are seen in this image taken by Voyager 1 on Nov. 12, 1980 at a range of 13,700 miles (22,000 kilometers). This false-color image shows the details of the haze that covers Titan. The upper level of the thick aerosol above the moon's limb appears orange.

Uranus

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These two pictures of Uranus — one in true color (left) and the other in false color — were compiled from images returned Jan. 17, 1986, by the narrow-angle camera of Voyager 2. The spacecraft was 5.7 million miles (9.1 million kilometers) from the planet at the time, several days from closest approach. 

Rings of Uranus

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Voyager 2 returned this picture of Uranus' rings on Jan. 22, 1986, from a distance of 1.56 million miles (2.52 million kilometers).

Crescent Uranus

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This view of Uranus was recorded by Voyager 2 on Jan 25, 1986, as the spacecraft left the planet behind and set forth on the cruise to Neptune Even at this extreme angle, Uranus retains the pale blue-green color seen by ground-based astronomers and recorded by Voyager during its historic encounter.

Miranda

NASA/JPL/USGS

Uranus' moon Miranda is shown in a computer-assembled mosaic of images obtained Jan. 24, 1986, by the Voyager 2 spacecraft. Miranda is the innermost and smallest of the five major Uranian satellites, just 300 miles (480 kilometers) in diameter. Nine images were combined to obtain this full-disc, south-polar view.

Blue Neptune

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Neptune, as seen by Voyager 2 in August 1989.

Interesting Clouds

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This Voyager 2 high resolution color image provides obvious evidence of vertical relief in Neptune's bright cloud streaks. These clouds were observed at a latitude of 29 degrees north near Neptune's east terminator, the "line" on a planet where daylight meets darkness.

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