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  Saturn’s third moon begins to yield its secrets

Photo of article European and American scientists are working together to uncover the secrets of one of the more mysterious objects in our Solar System. They are currently poring over hundreds of images of Saturn’s third largest moon, Iapetus, sent by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, which was developed jointly by the European Space Agency and NASA. Iapetus is best known for its dramatic two-tone colouration: one half is bright, cratered and possibly covered in ice, while the other is ten times darker and covered in a material yet to be identified. ‘The images are really stunning,’ claims Tilmann Denk, Cassini imaging scientist at the Free University in Berlin, Germany. ‘I was most pleased about the images showing huge mountains rising over the horizon.’

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Published: 19 September 2007



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