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Hyperion - Saturn's Moons Slideshow

Saturn's Moon Hyperion After looking at Phoebe, we wanted to introduce Saturn's moon Hyperion. This false-color image shows a similar moon with a rough and cratered surface. Hyperion has a reddish tint when viewed in natural color. The red color was toned down in this false-color view, and the other colors were enhanced, in order to make variations across Hyperion's surface more apparent.

Hyperion is just a bit larger than Phoebe at about 260 kilometers across. Hyperion's large crater, Meri, is covered with a couple of smaller craters and shows dark material on its floor that is characteristic of impact sites on this moon. The walls of craters seen here are smoother on their sloping sides than around their rims.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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