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Strange Moons: Iapetus, A Walnut In Space

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posted on Sep, 9 2013 @ 12:35 PM
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Originally posted by wildespace
From the 2004 flyby, here's a mosaic of true-colour (RGB) images, created from raw images at saturn.jpl.nasa.gov...

Full-size image: www.pictureshack.us...

Enigmatic place!


Also some great images and info here: solarsystem.nasa.gov...
Looks like there's a wealth of amazing images from the September 10, 2007 flyby to explore.
edit on 8-9-2013 by wildespace because: (no reason given)
that imge looks likt the planet is covered in bitumin/coal. Could it be some kind of alien way to regulate the tempreture inside iapetus?
edit on 9-9-2013 by symptomoftheuniverse because: added oppinion




posted on Sep, 11 2013 @ 04:41 PM
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When Cronus was a notorious philanderer and child eater, he would hit on any passing goddess or god for that matter! There is a reason he was sentenced to outer Tartarus and bound by the binding ring!



Uh hey Iapetus, you got EL all over you!



Now that ridge...it is interesting isn't it?
edit on 11-9-2013 by abeverage because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 13 2013 @ 12:55 AM
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With all the reading I have done on this moon, I didn't know that the strange ridge was totally on the dark side. Curiouser and curiouser!



posted on Apr, 24 2014 @ 05:20 PM
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Iapetus' ridge "rained from space". www.space.com...


It's Iapetus' weird equatorial ridge of mountains, however, that has had scientists scratching their heads. Now, with the help of 3-D maps composed from Cassini data, researchers think they have the most likely cause of the mountains pinned down.

Typically, mountains on Earth are formed as a side effect of plate tectonics and volcanic activity. Alas, Iapetus appears to have neither and, besides, the 6 mile-high mountains are too steep to be explained away by conventional mountain-forming mechanisms. So how did the mountains get there?

The researchers reckon the material that formed the Iapetian mountains have "exogenic" origin. In other words, they came from space.

edit on 24-4-2014 by wildespace because: (no reason given)




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