NASA’s Cassini spacecraft has captured the closest and the best image available till date of Saturn’s ‘death star’ moon Mimas. The moon that is also termed as ‘death star’ has been a sort of mystery for the scientific world and the latest image is expected to unravel many new details about the spooky moon.
Scientists across the world are gloating over the latest achievement of NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. They expect many mysteries of the death star to be unraveled.
There is no denying that the Mimas has been a mystery for scientists. Mimas is a moon of Saturn which was discovered in 1789 by William Herschel. It is named after Mimas, a son of Gaia in Greek mythology, and is also designated Saturn I. With a diameter of 396 kilometres (246 mi) it is the smallest astronomical body that is known to be rounded in shape because of self-gravitation.
In the meantime in a picture released on NASA’s website, it’s not hard to see how Mimas got its nickname – the enormous Herschel Crater dominates both its surface and the image, making the icy moon look like the Death Star, a fictional mobile space station / galactic super-weapon created by the “Star Wars” movie franchise.
The image was taken by Cassini at least two months ago. The image was originally taken on October 22, 2016 at a distance of 185,000 kilometers (115,000 miles), yet NASA only released it this week. Shadows cast across the Crater provide a visible indication of the size of the crater’s towering walls and central peak. Named after the moon’s discoverer, astronomer William Herschel, the crater is known to stretch 139 kilometers (86 miles) wide, which is nearly one-third the diameter of Mimas itself. Herschel’s peak stands nearly as tall as Mount Everest on Earth.