The Cassini spacecraft flew by the Saturnian moon Iapetus on December 31, 2004 and snapped some images. The moon is recognizable because of it has one bright side and one dark side, perhaps due to sweeping up debris on its leeward side as it orbits Saturn. Cassini will pass much closer to the moon around September 10, 2007.
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. A piece of flash fiction is forthcoming from Cold Creek Review. His essays about fairy tales and technology have been published online at Tiny Donkey and Fairy Tale Review’s “Fairy-Tale Files.” Richard is also Downlink Lead for HiRISE at the University of Arizona. View all posts by Richard Leis