The moon that almost wasn't

Cassini images of Saturn and its environs never get tiresome. And in fact, they can be downright jolting... like this stunning shot of the icy moon Mimas. Cassini was 100,000 km (60,000 miles) from the small moon when it captured this moody image. It shows a view we can never get from Earth: a crescent Mimas, with the Sun well off to the side. The giant crater is called Herschel, and it's a whopping 130 km (80 miles) across. Whatever hit Mimas eons past was huge, and had it been any bigger

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