View Full Version : Discussion: Saturn's Two-faced Moon

2004-Jul-18, 05:11 PM
SUMMARY: Why does Iapetus have a dark side and bright side? That's a mystery scientists hope that the Cassini spacecraft will be able to solve as it spends the next few years orbiting the Saturnian system. The unusual light/dark nature of the moon was first revealed when the Voyager spacecraft swept past the moon more than 20 years ago. One theory is that the moon was coated by some other foreign material, but only on one side. Another idea is that it's being resurfaced from material inside the moon. This image was taken when Cassini was 3 million kilometres (1.8 million miles) away.

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2004-Jul-18, 05:26 PM
very cool moon B) , should be great to see more images of it

2004-Jul-18, 07:54 PM
If I recall correctly, Iapetus was a pretty important moon in 2001: A Space Odyssey. Spoooooooky.

2004-Jul-18, 09:49 PM
I think that it is also a cool looking moon. Kinda yin and yang. Maybe Asia knows something we don't :) Maybe THEY"LL fess up with some more pics for you

Eric Vaxxine
2004-Jul-19, 11:02 AM
How close is Cassini likely to get to our black and white moon?

2004-Jul-19, 11:30 AM
Originally posted by Eric Vaxxine@Jul 19 2004, 11:02 AM
How close is Cassini likely to get to our black and white moon?
It will make a close pass in January.