A Tour of the Moons of Saturn – Mimas

Herschel Crater covers nearly a third of the diameter of Saturn’s small moon Mimas, helping it to resemble the Death Star from Star Wars. Some of the most breathtaking images taken by Cassini of Saturn and its rings have included Mimas in the shot.

Crater upon crater upon crater indicate the surface of Mimas is ancient. Like all the moons of Saturn, Mimas is mostly made up of water ice. The sight alone of Mimas is something to behold, but many scientists thought that every moon around Saturn was going to turn out equally as dead. The Cassini-Huygens tour of the Saturnian system has proved them very wrong.

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Published by Richard Leis

Richard Leis is a poet and writer living in Tucson, Arizona. His poetry has been published in or is forthcoming from Impossible Archetype and The Laurel Review. A work 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.