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Saturn's moons, 8 of which will be past Titan.
A few weeks ago, I let you know that Dr. Jean-Pierre Lebreton, the Huygens Project Scientist and Mission Manager from the European Space Agency, graciously agreed to answer questions from universe Today readers and forum members about Titan and Huygens. Your response was incredible, and we got dozens of great questions - thanks to everyone who participated. The Community Support team picked their favorites and passed them along to Dr. Lebreton. We've got the answers back. So, if you want to know more, read on...
NASA's Cassini spacecraft will make its closest approach to Saturn's Moon Iapetus on New Year's Eve, passing only 123,400 km (76,700 miles) away. Iapetus is best known for its strange two-toned colour, and it's also been called the "Yin Yang Moon" - one hemisphere is completely dark, and the other is white. At 1,400 km (890 miles) across, it's Saturn's third largest moon, and it was originally discovered by Jean-Dominique Cassini in 1672 who actually deduced that one side of the Moon was dark, and the other bright. Cassini will make another 13 close encounters with Saturn's moons during 2005, 8 of which will be past Titan.
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