Friday, June 10, 2005

New Small Satellites Images

There are some new raw inner satellite images now available, including the best images yet of Atlas and Pallene. Atlas is the big winner here with a huge equatorial ridge. The image of Pan also shows a ridge around its equator. It has been suggested that Iapetus' equatorial bulge might be due to infalling ring material. I don't agree with that hypothesis for Iapetus, but for Pan and Atlas (both embedded within ringlets and Pan within the Encke Gap of the A ring), that theory might work.
In addition, the first set of Hyperion images is now online.


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