Ices on the surface of Triton

Dale P. Cruikshank, Ted L. Roush, Tobias C. Owen, Thomas R. Geballe, Catherine De Bergh, Bernard Schmitt, Robert H. Brown, Mary Jane Bartholomew

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Abstract

The near-infrared spectrum of Triton reveals ices of nitrogen, methane, carbon monoxide, and carbon dioxide, of which nitrogen is the dominant component. Carbon dioxide ice may be spatially segregated from the other more volatile ices, covering about 10 percent of Triton's surface. The absence of ices of other hydrocarbons and nitriles challenges existing models of methane and nitrogen photochemistry on Triton.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)742-745
Number of pages4
JournalScience
Volume261
Issue number5122
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1993

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    Cruikshank, D. P., Roush, T. L., Owen, T. C., Geballe, T. R., De Bergh, C., Schmitt, B., Brown, R. H., & Bartholomew, M. J. (1993). Ices on the surface of Triton. Science, 261(5122), 742-745. https://doi.org/10.1126/science.261.5122.742