30 March 2010

Holy Cow! Is Mimas a Pac-Man Death Star??

Posted by Dan Satterfield

Image from NASA's Cassini Spacecraft. The IR Image on right is showing temperatures..This is NOT what was expected!

The image on the right is a temperature map of Saturn’s moon MIMAS. The big crater in it is called the Herschel Crater. The image below explains more:

Image on the left is what NASA expected to see. Click for more info fro NASA and larger version.

So what is causing this??