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Wow, what a freakish and fascinating world. Here are some photos of Saturn's moon, Iapetus, taken just yesterday by the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft. I selected a few of the most dramatic images to show here, but if you click the link you can see about 500 more in huge resolution.

This moon has a bright side - the side we can see from Earth - and a dark side, with a dramatic transition zone between them. I've arranged the photos below to emphasize that light-to-dark nature. This is also the world with that massive wall going around it like the ridge of a walnut. To see more of that feature, check out my previous AIotD here.

Without further ado, Iapetus:





Click the images to see the NASA story and get high-res images.

Best,
Chris

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edichka2
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's the face of the Virgin! The face of the Virgin, on Iapetus! Praise the Lord!

- Eddie
mckitterick
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:40 pm (UTC)
*g*

Y'know, this world stirs the imagination of all manner of wingnuts out there. Even some well-respected folks, such as Arthur C. Clarke, seek unlikely answers to things such as the world-spanning wall and "coal-dust-coated" surface.
fortyozspartan
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:43 pm (UTC)
The white specs are ice right?

And in the third picture the dark specs are rock not covered with ice? Looks like cookies 'n cream ice cream.

mckitterick
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:51 pm (UTC)
Right, ice, though the dark material's composition is still under debate. Is it organic (hydrocarbon-ey, not necessarily life-waste) like most dark stuff? Is it carbon welled up from below or dumped from other Saturnian moons? Is it alien pollution (my favorite *g*)?

But I wouldn't eat the stuff.
queza7
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Off-topic question, but who is coming to RenFest on the 23rd so I can add a name or two to my list? hdorsettcase says he's coming, and maybe adammaker too, so I could get one more person in free. Just need a first and last name. :)
mckitterick
Sep. 12th, 2007 04:33 pm (UTC)
I'm going, and Anthony H. (you've met him) with his girlfriend Diane, and I hope lots more folks.

Trying to send you his full name and the photos, but BOY is it taking a long time to send....
queza7
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:07 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah, and can I have copies of my tank pictures? Email is queza7@swbell.net. *grin*
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