Raw Image Reveals Saturnian Moon?

Many of the images downloaded from Cassini are not processed right away. While the spacecraft was heading to and from Titan it snapped pictures of some of the objects in the Saturnian system. This image of the F-ring includes what appears to be a tiny moon floating serenely nearby. Since the image has not been processed and remains in its raw format, there is no NASA-prepared caption to accompany the image. Is the object a moon or is it just an artifact from the camera?

The sheer volume of images returned from space missions is rapidly increasing. Even though processing such images has also sped up, for any given mission there remains much work to be done long after the primary mission has concluded. The treasure trove of data since the dawn of human spaceflight remains largely unexplored. With the advent of the Internet, many amateur scientists have taken it upon themselves to start examining this data, with new discoveries yet to be uncovered.

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Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a fiction writer and poet, with his first published poem forthcoming later in 2017 from Impossible Archetype. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published on Tiny Donkey. Richard is also the Downlink Lead for the High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) team at the University of Arizona. He monitors images of the Martian surface taken by the HiRISE camera located on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter in orbit around Mars and helps ensure they process successfully and are validated for quick release to the science community and public. Once upon a time, Richard wrote and edited the science and technology news and commentary website Frontier Channel, hosted the RADIO Frontier Channel podcast, and organized transhumanist clubs. Follow Richard on his website (richardleis.com), on Goodreads (richardleis), his Micro.blog (@richardleis), Twitter (@richardleisjr), and Facebook (richardleisjr).