On September 15, the Cassini spacecraft, 13 years after launch and after helping scientists acquire tons of knowledge, will cease its orbiting of Saturn and plunge into the planet’s atmosphere, disintegrating in the process. This suicidal move was deliberate, as scientists didn’t want to contaminate any of Saturn’s moons in case they prove habitable. Just four days ago, though, it took some amazing pictures of one of Saturn’s moon’s, Pan.
Wikipedia says this about Pan:
Pan. . . is the second-innermost moon of Saturn. It is a small, walnut-shaped moon approximately 35 kilometres across and 23 km wide that orbits within the Encke Gap in Saturn’s A Ring. Pan is a ring shepherd and is responsible for keeping the Encke Gap free of ring particles.
It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter in 1990 from analysis of old Voyager 2 probe photos and received the provisional designation S/1981 S…
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