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Technology 5 NASA Photos Of The Solar System’s Less Famous Moons

14:36  15 january  2018
14:36  15 january  2018 Source:   ibtimes.com

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Our solar system is a jewel box filled with a glittering variety of beautiful worlds—and not all of them are planets. For example, this stunning view of the moon ' s famous Tycho crater was captured by NASA ' s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, which continues to map the surface in fine detail today

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Saturn’s moon Iapetus looks like a moldy piece of cheese.  © Provided by IBT US Saturn’s moon Iapetus looks like a moldy piece of cheese.  Anyone who has looked up at the night sky has seen Earth’s moon, and most have heard of moons like Titan, Enceladus and Europa because scientists have been investigating them for clues about extraterrestrial life. But there are plenty of other moons in the solar system that don’t get a lot of credit, despite being interesting in their own right.

Atlas

Saturn's moon Atlas looks like a flying saucer in this new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. © Photo: NASA/JPL Saturn's moon Atlas looks like a flying saucer in this new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Titan and Enceladus are the royalty of Saturn’s moon population, which would make Atlas more like a peasant. Orbiting just outside the planet’s bright A ring, it is smaller than 20 miles across and wasn’t even discovered until 1980. But this moon is unique because of its shape: It looks like an alien saucer. NASA released photos of Atlas earlier this year that show off that strange structure. The space agency’s Cassini spacecraft, which has since plummeted into Saturn and been destroyed, took the images from a distance closer to Atlas than any spacecraft had gotten before.

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But the moon still looks a little different every night. Sometimes the entire face glows brightly. Sometimes we can only see a thin crescent. The center ring shows the moon as it revolves around the Earth, as seen from above the north pole. Sunlight illuminates half the Earth and half the moon at

The solar system ' s largest moon , Ganymede, is captured here alongside the planet Jupiter in a color picture taken by NASA ' s Cassini spacecraft on Dec. Cassini is a cooperative project of NASA , the European Space Agency and the Italian Space Agency. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory, a division of

Deimos

Deimos, the smaller moon of Mars, is covered in craters. © Photo: NASA Deimos, the smaller moon of Mars, is covered in craters. Mars has two moons and one of them, Phobos, gets most of the attention. The smaller of the pair, Deimos, is rarely in the spotlight — even in images from NASA, which often show it together with Phobos.

Deimos completes an orbit around Mars every 30 hours, according to the space agency, and is small and lumpy. It also contains a ton of craters for its size and is covered in what is estimated to be hundreds of feet of dust called regolith. Deimos may be composed of the same material as rocks in the outer section of the solar system’s asteroid belt.

Daphnis

Saturn’s moonlet Daphnis plows through one of Saturn’s rings and kicks up material along its way. © Photo: NASA Saturn’s moonlet Daphnis plows through one of Saturn’s rings and kicks up material along its way. Some of Saturn’s moons are so small that they haven’t even left the shelter of Saturn’s rings to venture out on their own. That bunch of “moonlets” includes Daphnis, which orbits so close to its host planet that it barrels through the material of the A ring as it works its way around. The tiny moon, which is about 5 miles across, displaces that material as it charges, clearing out a space called the Keeler Gap. Its gravity also kicks up waves in the dust on the edges of the gap.

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Our solar system contains objects ranging in size from the sun, the largest item, to tiny grains of It holds 99.8 percent of the solar system ' s mass, and measures roughly 109 times the diameter of It' s a cold round rock possessing caches of frozen water. Our moon orbits the Earth about once every 27

Iapetus

It looks like a moldy ball of mozzarella cheese, but it’s actually Iapetus, one of the moons of Saturn. This world is one of the most identifiable in the solar system because of its odd color pattern: bright on one side and dark on the other, with splotches where the shades meet. Iapetus is the third largest moon around Saturn.

MK 2

An illustration shows the dwarf planet Makemake and its moon, dubbed MK 2. © Photo: NASA An illustration shows the dwarf planet Makemake and its moon, dubbed MK 2. This moon, which so far just has the nickname MK 2, orbits the dwarf planet Makemake, which is slightly smaller and dimmer than Pluto, the most famous of the dwarf planets. It’s not the first dwarf planet moon found, but it was only spotted in 2016 so it is one of the newest discovered natural satellites in the solar system. It is about 100 miles across and orbits roughly 3,000 miles away from Makemake.

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