Moons of our Solar System
Moons of our Solar System

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Moons of our Solar System

1.4 Voyager – last picture show

This classic NASA video from 1989 shows all four planetary flybys of Voyager 2, but dwells longest on Neptune, its rings and its moon Triton. It’s a blend of animation and actual images. Hopefully by now you’ll recognise many of the moons featured. The ‘3-D’ views of moon surfaces are not real; they’re simulations based on the actual images.

There’s music and some background sound on this video but no commentary. The strange wire-like lines you see at times are representations of magnetic fields and radiation belts.

If you want to keep track of the Voyager mission, you can do so by visiting the Voyager Interstellar Mission website [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

Download this video clip.Video player: moons_1_vid053.mp4
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1, 0 and lift off!

[Music playing]

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