Triton is about three-quarters the size of our own Moon, with a diameter of 2,700 km. The Voyager 2 space probe in 1989 showed that it has an icy surface of frozen nitrogen and methane which is pinkish in parts. Geysers of gas rise 8 km high from subsurface pockets of liquid nitrogen. Triton is slightly bigger than the planet Pluto, which it is thought to resemble. Probably Triton was once a separate body, like Pluto, but was captured by Neptune. Triton is gradually moving closer to Neptune, and will eventually be broken up by the planet's gravity.
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