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Mimas - Saturn's Moons Slideshow

Saturn's Moon Mimas While Saturn's moon Mimas may not offer any amazing discoveries, it has always been a favorite of astronomers because of it's similarity ot the shape of the "Death Star" from "Star Wars" The great eye of Saturn's moon Mimas is a 130-kilometer-wide (80-mile) impact crater called Herschel. The Herschel crater is the moon's most prominent feature, and the impact that formed it probably nearly destroyed Mimas.

The asteroid-like surface of Mimas is seen in its crater-upon-crater appearance. Even the material that has slumped down into the bottom of some of its craters bears the marks of later impacts.

Image Credit: NASA/JPL/Space Science Institute

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