Cressida was discovered on Jan. 9, 1986 in images taken by Voyager 2. It is one of the 10 Uranian satellites discovered by the Voyager science team.
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.
Originally called S/1986 U3, Cressida was named for the title character in William Shakespeare's play, "Troilus and Cressida."