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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Astrophile: Saturn's egg moon Methone is made of fluff - space - 17 May 2013 - New Scientist

"Out among Saturn's menagerie of moons, a shiny white egg rests in a nest of ice crystals.
Named Methone, this small, oval moon was seen in close-up for the first time last year by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Methone is utterly unlike the other small balls of ice and rock that dot the solar system, which are deeply scarred by impacts. Instead it is smooth, with not a hill or pockmark in sight. Now astronomers may have a clue as to why: Methone is made of lightweight fluff."Astrophile: Saturn's egg moon Methone is made of fluff - space - 17 May 2013 - New Scientist