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Closest Views of Cratered Mimas

Cassini's recent and closest flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas generated views of this "Death Star" moon in unprecedented detail and a new temperature map of its surface. (Image advisory can be found here.)

Mar 29, 2010: Examining Herschel Crater - This mosaic, created from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas, looks straight at the moon's huge Herschel Crater and reveals new insights about the moon's surface.
Mar 29, 2010: Herschel Crater in 3-D - NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a three-dimensional view of the large Herschel Crater on Saturn's moon Mimas during its closest-ever flyby of the moon.
Mar 29, 2010: Streaks and Markings on Mimas - Relatively dark regions below bright crater walls and streaks on some of the walls are seen in this mosaic of Saturn's moon Mimas, created from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest flyby of the moon.
Mar 29, 2010: Color Near Herschel Crater - Subtle color differences on Saturn's moon Mimas are apparent in this false-color view of Herschel Crater captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest-ever flyby of that moon.
Mar 29, 2010: Flying by the "Death Star" Moon - In this view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its closest-ever flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas, large Herschel Crater dominates Mimas, making the moon look like the Death Star in the movie "Star Wars."
Mar 29, 2010: Streaked Craters in False-Color - This false-color view of Saturn's moon Mimas from NASA's Cassini spacecraft accentuates terrain-dependent color differences and shows dark streaks running down the sides of some of the craters on the region of the moon that leads in its orbit around Saturn.
Mar 29, 2010: Bizarre Temperatures on Mimas - This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles, in diameter).
Mar 29, 2010: Mimas Three-Quarter Portrait - Appearing like a cyclops gazing off into space, Saturn's moon Mimas and its large Herschel Crater are profiled in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.
Alliance Member Comments
RobfromEllicottCity (Mar 29, 2010 at 4:25 PM):
Great job as always Ciclops Team! Would you please consider a request? Would you provide dimensions of the Herschel side walls and peak as they become available to the science team after analysis? How do these dimensions compare to the cliffs of Miranda? Olympus Mons? Mariner Valley? Etc. Thanks
Stacy 1928 (Mar 29, 2010 at 1:38 PM):
If the surface of Mimas is predominantly ice, is this ice continually sublimating into the vacuum of space ?

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