Infringing Darkness

Infringing Darkness

Originally uploaded by NASAJPL

Some of Iapetus’ dark surface interrupts the moon’s lighter terrain in this Cassini spacecraft view. Lapetus is the third-largest moon of Saturn, and eleventh in the solar system, discovered by Giovanni Domenico Cassini in 1671. Lapetus is best known for its dramatic ‘two-tone’ coloration, but recent discoveries by the Cassini mission have revealed several other unusual physical characteristics, such as an equatorial ridge that runs about halfway around the moon.


~ by andyroberts on August 25, 2010.

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