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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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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