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Cressida: Overview
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Color image of Uranus and its moons.
Cressida (right center) was one of eight moons captured in this Hubble Space Telescope image of Uranus.
Cressida is one of the small, inner moons of Uranus. Little is known about it other than its size and orbital characteristics. Based on its low albedo, its surface probably consists of the dark, unprocessed, carbon-rich material found on the C-class of asteroids.

Discovery:
Cressida was discovered on 9 January 1986 in images taken by Voyager 2. It is one of the 10 Uranian satellites discovered by the Voyager science team.

How Cressida Got its Name:
Originally called S/1986 U3, Cressida was named for the title character in William Shakespeare's play, "Troilus and Cressida."

Moons of Uranus are named for characters in Shakespeare's plays and from Alexander Pope's "Rape of the Lock."

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Orbit Size (semi-major axis):  38,401 miles
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