Saturn moon looks like Pac-Man in image taken by Nasa spacecraft
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Posted 30 March 2010 - 09:10 AM
Mimas, one of the moons of Saturn, has been caught on camera by a spacecraft in a guise that will be familiar to many children of the 80s.
The image, taken by the Cassini spaceship which is orbiting the planet, looks remarkably like that of the video game icon Pac-Man.
The probe measured temperature differences across the object's surface and produced a map mimicking the popular character.
Scientists think the variations in temperature are probably related to the diversity of textures in the surface materials.
Some textures may retain heat better than others, they explain.
Mimas is about 400km (250 miles) across. It has a distinctive scar called Herschel Crater which has led many to draw comparisons with the "Death Star" from the Star Wars movies.
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