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article imageSaturn's Hyperion: A Moon With Odd Craters, Picture

By Chris V. Thangham     Jan 30, 2007 in World
A NASA Picture of Hyperion, Moon of Saturn, taken by Cassini Satellite during its flyby.
Hyperion (hye-peer'-ee-ən, IPA: [haɪˈpiriən], Greek Ὑπερίων) is a moon of Saturn discovered by William Cranch Bond, George Phillips Bond and William Lassell in 1848. It is distinguished by its irregular shape, its chaotic rotation, and its unexplained sponge-like appearance.
What lies at the bottom of Hyperion's strange craters? No one knows. To help find out, Cassini took this image, containing unprecedented detail, as the spacecraft swept past the sponge-textured moon in late 2005.
Cassini took this incredible picture of Hyperion Moon of Saturn's. The moon is about 250 Kilometers wide. The reason they took this picture is to find what lies in the depth of these odd shaped craters. It is difficult to come to a conclusion from the image alone, but they found it to be some dark material at the bottom of these craters. Some of the dark material are found to be 10 meters in thickness. Scientists says it doesn't rotate normally on its own axis like planets and moon does, it rotates chaotically.
It looks like a sponge or loofah. Will Humans visit either the Saturn or Hyperion?
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