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Sunday, August 22, 2004

Double Moons of Saturn rise

As if they were new eyes, new avatars beckoning. If what is known wounds and mars, out in the heavens is the vast shifting ocean of what is to be learned, of the vision beyond darkness and the true reach of the small imperfect grasp of humankind.

Cassini Spies Two Moons Around Saturn

Sat Aug 21,10:35 AM ET Science - AP

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida - NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spied two new little moons around satellite-rich Saturn, the space agency said. Saturn's tally of known moons now stands at 33. [does this blow astrology out of the water, I hope? Ed.]

The images were taken by Cassini on June 1 from 10 million miles out, as it approached the ringed planet. The spacecraft entered orbit around Saturn on June 30.

The two newly spotted, faint moons are about 2 miles and 2.5 miles across, and 120,000 miles and 131,000 miles respectively from Saturn's center. That's considerably smaller than the moons with 12 mile diameters previously discovered in Saturn's orbit.

They are located between the orbits of moons Mimas and Enceladus, a surprise to scientists who thought such tiny satellites would have been shattered long ago in collisions with comets.

Researchers say they will be on the lookout for even more Saturn moons, and will seek close-ups of the ones just found.

"Hopefully, we haven't seen the last of them," said Carolyn Porco, Cassini's imaging team leader in Boulder,
Saturn with two dark storms rolling through its southern hemisphere Somewhere out there.

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