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'Pac-Man' takes over one of Saturn's moons

Has Pac-Man taken over one of Saturn's moons? That's the looks of it from new pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft.

March 31, 2010 12:18:03 AM PDT
Has Pac-Man taken over one of Saturn's moons? That's the looks of it from new pictures taken by the Cassini spacecraft.The photos are posted on JPL's Web site.

The new temperature map shows the icy moon, known as Mimas, during the day's temperature peak. In the map on the right, you can see what looks like Pac-Man, getting ready to eat a dot.

This tells scientists that the warmest temperatures were in the morning rather than the afternoon, and only on one side of the moon.

Now scientists are trying to figure out why there are such widespread variations in temperature.


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