Images from Cassini's Mimas Flyby

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December 31, 1969

     
mosaic created from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas   Examining Herschel Crater

This mosaic, created from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas, looks straight at the moon's Herschel Crater and reveals new insights about the moon's surface. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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Relatively dark regions below bright crater walls and streaks on some of the walls are seen in this mosaic of Saturn's moon Mimas   Streaks and Markings on Mimas

Relatively dark regions below bright crater walls and streaks on some of the walls are seen in this mosaic of Saturn's moon Mimas, created from images taken by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest flyby of the moon. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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large Herschel Crater on Saturn's moon Mimas   Flying by the "Death Star" Moon

In this view captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft on its closest-ever flyby of Saturn's moon Mimas, large Herschel Crater dominates Mimas, making the moon look like the Death Star in the movie "Star Wars." Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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false-color view of Saturn's moon Mimas from NASA's Cassini spacecraft   Streaked Craters in False-Color

This false-color view of Saturn's moon Mimas from NASA's Cassini spacecraft accentuates terrain-dependent color differences and shows dark streaks running down the sides of some of the craters on the region of the moon that leads in its orbit around Saturn. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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  Color Near Herschel Crater

Subtle color differences on Saturn's moon Mimas are apparent in this false-color view of Herschel Crater captured by NASA's Cassini spacecraft during its closest-ever flyby of that moon. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a three-dimensional view of the large Herschel Crater on Saturn's moon Mimas   Herschel Crater in 3-D

NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a three-dimensional view of the large Herschel Crater on Saturn's moon Mimas during its closest-ever flyby of the moon. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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Saturn's moon Mimas and its large Herschel Crater are profiled in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft.   Mimas Three-Quarter Portrait

Appearing like a cyclops gazing off into space, Saturn's moon Mimas and its large Herschel Crater are profiled in this view from NASA's Cassini spacecraft. Credit: NASA/JPL/SSI

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This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas   Bizarre Temperatures on Mimas

This figure illustrates the unexpected and bizarre pattern of daytime temperatures found on Saturn's small inner moon Mimas (396 kilometers, or 246 miles, in diameter). Credit: NASA/JPL/GSFC/SWRI/SSI

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