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Fraser
2007-Sep-06, 06:16 PM
NASA's Cassini spacecraft is going to make one of its most important flybys of its entire mission this week, zipping past Saturn's moon Iapetus on September 10th, 2007. ...

Read the full blog entry (http://www.universetoday.com/2007/09/06/cassinis-upcoming-visit-to-the-walnut-iapatus/)

Jerry
2007-Sep-06, 08:42 PM
Yes, but don't limit the composition to ices and organics. We found clays - iron loaded clays - in all of the comets we have examined. We know denser stuff than organics exists in the outer solar system, including the iron on Phoebes and stuff in the rings of Saturn. There will be a lot of close up images of Iapatus. Are the dark and light surfaces really that different? Is one side glazed by heat?

Also of interest was the August 30th pass of Titan: The second pass over the Huygens landing site. Will the detail seen by Huygens be evident in the new images?