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Freaky-Looking, Cool-Looking Moonscapes

October 22nd, 2005

Boy, the appearance of this moon almost freaks me out. I mean, it almost looks like a diseased, pockmarked vegetable pod split open rather than a moon of majestic Saturn. This photo of Hyperion courtesy of the NASA Cassini orbiter probe, taken Sept. 26, 2005 while 62,000 kilometers from the moon. Click on the image below for a larger (1024-pixel-square) version of the photo.

Hyperion

This raw, unprocessed photo from a few days ago, meanwhile, looks like something right out of a science fiction movie: the small moon Prometheus hovering just above Saturn’s ring plane, while another moon (Dione?) passing in front of what I assume is Titan (again, click for the larger image):

Prometheus-450

I love this stuff.

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  1. Brad
    October 22nd, 2005 at 10:20 | #1

    Nice; grabbed for desktop wallpapers! Thanks.

  2. Becky
    October 23rd, 2005 at 00:24 | #2

    The first one looks like a used loofah but the second one is very cool.

  3. ykw
    October 23rd, 2005 at 03:23 | #3

    Beautiful !

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