Phoebe Has a Face

Cassini began sending back data from its flyby of Phoebe early Saturday morning and the first images have been released. These images show a heavily cratered moon that may be, according to scientists, a remnant of the creation of the solar system. The surface is of an unknown dark material. Scientists will pour over the data from 11 different instruments to reach conclusions about Phoebe.

Go back a few days and compare the first fuzzy image of the tiny moon to the latest image. The unknown suddenly has a face thanks to the power of human ingenuity and science

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a writer and poet living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in Impossible Archetype and is forthcoming from The Laurel Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files“.