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Cassini Reveals Strange Shape of Saturn's Moon Pan

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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:04 AM
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These raw, unprocessed images of Saturn's tiny moon, Pan, were taken on March 7, 2017, by NASA's Cassini spacecraft. The flyby had a close-approach distance of 24,572 kilometers (15,268 miles).








These are the closest images ever taken of Pan and the pictures are spectacular. Comparisons are being made that it looks like an alien spaceship or a piece of ravioli.
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:09 AM
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Moon or free floating albino walnut?

The world may never know.


edit on 10-3-2017 by TheAlleghenyGentleman because: Mind in the gutter



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:11 AM
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Just seen this a few minutes ago. It'll be interesting to find out how it came to this shape.
My first theory; semi molten material squeezed out between two smaller bodies crushed together by gravity. Probably wrong.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:19 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

What a strange little moon!

I wonder, did it form when two small bodies collided, and then cool super rapidly, before the geometry of the thing had time to settle?

A fascinating thing to see, thank you so much for posting this!



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:19 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Wow , that is a strange thing.
Not sayin Aliens but......




posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:23 AM
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originally posted by: ThickAsABrick
Just seen this a few minutes ago. It'll be interesting to find out how it came to this shape.
My first theory; semi molten material squeezed out between two smaller bodies crushed together by gravity. Probably wrong.


Cassini scientist Carolyn Porco has tweeted about what causes this shape.


The planetary scientist also answered questions about Pan’s unusual shape. "For those who asked: Pan orbits in a ring gap of its own making. Early on & to some degree even now, ring material falls on its equator," she tweeted.

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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:26 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Nooooo!

Are you telling me, that little Pan there, is wearing a tutu made of debris? Because I might just flip my top if that is true! lol!



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:27 AM
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a reply to: EchoesInTime

Space walnuts are the best type of walnut



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:33 AM
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a reply to: FamCore

I agree. Now if only we could find a walnutmoon sized nut cracker we would be golden.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:38 AM
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2010
Image of the Day: Saturn's Weird Moon, Pan (cool picture)
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:42 AM
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Finally, NEW CONTENT. Excellent reason for a thread.

Never seen the like of it. Can't even imagine the physics behind how that was formed.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:52 AM
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originally posted by: SeaWorthy
2010
Image of the Day: Saturn's Weird Moon, Pan (cool picture)
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Great photo of Pan in 2010.




posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:54 AM
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posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 11:59 AM
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It tastes like cardboard filled with sherbet.




posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 12:02 PM
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originally posted by: TheAlleghenyGentleman
a reply to: FamCore

I agree. Now if only we could find a walnutmoon sized nut cracker we would be golden.


This sounds like a job for Elon Musk



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 12:04 PM
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a reply to: TheAlleghenyGentleman

Or Ravioli... Perogies? So many possibilities! These aliens could be on the Paleo Diet, they could be Italians, or even Russians
I'm fascinated



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 12:08 PM
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a reply to: FamCore

Space-a-roli sound delish. I would eat a bowl of that.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 12:12 PM
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I think Pan is heating up in the middle and expanding. Check back in 5 million years to see if it's then round.

No...take that back. There's no craters on the brim around it's his circumference, so that material is recent. Maybe it was round, and molten in the middle. Then, something squeezed the little guy too hard.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 12:31 PM
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I think it looks like a patty pan squash.



posted on Mar, 10 2017 @ 01:05 PM
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Nawww, that was the Greys first attempt at making a ringed planet, ain't that cute. The grand overlords stuck it on the "space fridge" 'cause they were so proud of them. Babysteps Gray's, babysteps...



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