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17th Apr 2017, 8:18 PM in Episode 31 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
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smbhax 17th Apr 2017, 8:18 PM edit delete
Last month I posted about some close-up new photos the Cassini probe had taken of Saturn's tiny moon Pan, and now we've got even closer-up (within 7,000 miles, whereas it only got within 15,000 of Pan) photos of another small Saturnian moon, Atlas (some confusion as to its size, though: Wikipedia says Pan is 35 km across; it says Atlas is 40 km across, but NASA's article with the photos says Atlas is just "19 miles, or 30 kilometers across"). Like Pan, Atlas has a relatively huge equatorial ridge, probably consisting of material falling onto it from Saturn's rings; Atlas' ridge is smoother than Pan's, though, leaving it more blobby than saucer-like:

photo by NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

Them crazy moons! : o


cattservant 18th Apr 2017, 12:10 AM edit delete reply
Nice and tidy...
smbhax 18th Apr 2017, 9:33 PM edit delete reply
: D