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

Richard Leis

Richard Leis

Richard Leis (he/him/his) lives in Tucson, Arizona where he writes poetry and fiction, attends and teaches writing workshops at the Writers Studio Tucson, and works for HiRISE, a team in the Lunar & Planetary Laboratory at the University of Arizona with a camera in orbit around Mars onboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter.

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