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Close Up View of Saturn's Strange Moon Hyperion

 

 

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NASA's Cassini imaging scientists processed this view of Saturn's moon Hyperion, taken during a close flyby on May 31, 2015. This flyby marks the mission's final close approach to Saturn's largest irregularly shaped moon, upholding the moon's reputation as one of the most bizarre objects in the solar system. The views show Hyperion's deeply impact-scarred surface, with many craters displaying dark material on their floors. During this flyby, Cassini passed Hyperion at a distance of about 21,000 miles (34,000 kilometers) at closest approach. 

Hyperion is the largest of Saturn's irregular, or potato-shaped, moons and may be the remnant of a violent collision that shattered a larger object into pieces. Cassini scientists attribute Hyperion's peculiar, sponge-like appearance to the fact that it has an unusually low density for such a large object -- about half that of water. Its low density indicates Hyperion is quite porous, with weak surface gravity. These characteristics mean impactors tend to compress the surface, rather than excavating it, and most material that is blown off the surface never returns.

 

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Cassini will make several more close flybys of Saturn's moons this year before departing the planet's equatorial plane to begin a year-long setup of the mission's daring final act. For its grand finale, set for 2017, Cassini will repeatedly dive through the space between Saturn and its rings.

The Cassini-Huygens mission is a cooperative project of NASA, ESA (European Space Agency) and the Italian Space Agency. NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, manages the mission for the agency's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. The Cassini imaging operations center is based at the Space Science Institute in Boulder, Colorado. The California Institute of Technology in Pasadena manages JPL for NASA.

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Comments

"The views show Hyperion's deeply impact-scarred surface, with many craters displaying dark material on their floors."

Oh, really? 'Impact' as in meteor or asteroid which always happen to produce symmetrical craters by 'impacting' perpendicular to the surface, not to mention producing odd hexagonal shaped craters.

Better still, we can see at depth the cross section structure of craters along the cliff structure of an older, much larger crater. Since when do 'impacts' leave long tubular structures?

There's other, much more coherent explanations for these craters in such clustered profusion, and it's not from falling objects. Curious thing why they're chronically ignored by standard model cosmogony.

Time to look beyond belief in failed models to actual science. Time to break free of institutional diversion and misrepresentation for political and economic reasons. Time to understand that we're lied to on many levels by 'authority' for nefarious reasons of control.

Time to find out why.

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