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25 Years Ago, Voyager 2 Captures Images of Neptune
NASA's Voyager 2 spacecraft gave humanity its first glimpse of Neptune and its moon
Triton in the summer of 1989. This picture of Neptune was produced from the
last whole planet images taken through the green and orange filters on the
Voyager 2 narrow angle camera. The images were taken on Aug. 20, 1989, at a
range of 4.4 million miles from the planet, 4 days and 20 hours before closest
approach on Aug. 25. The picture shows the Great Dark Spot and its companion
bright smudge; on the west limb the fast moving bright feature called "Scooter"
and the little dark spot are visible. These clouds were seen to persist for as
long as Voyager's cameras could resolve them. North of these, a bright cloud
band similar to the south polar streak may be seen.
In the summer of 2015, another NASA mission to the farthest zone of the solar
Horizons, will make a historic first close-up study of Pluto. Although a
fast flyby, New Horizons' Pluto encounter on July 14, 2015, will not be a replay
of Voyager but more of a sequel and a reboot, with a new and more
technologically advanced spacecraft and, more importantly, a new cast of
characters. Those characters are Pluto and its family of five known moons, all
of which will be seen up close for the first time next summer.