Pac-Man Is Eating One Of Saturn's Moons!

March 30, 2010


These are two pictures of Saturn's moon Mimas (the one that looks like the Death Star): one's a regular photograph, the other a thermal map. Uh-oh Saturn -- uh-oh -- OM NOM NOM NOM!

"We suspect the temperatures are revealing differences in texture on the surface," said John Spencer, a Cassini composite infrared spectrometer team member based at Southwest Research Institute in Boulder, Colo. "It's maybe something like the difference between old, dense snow and freshly fallen powder."

Even if surface texture variations are to blame, scientists are still trying to figure out why there are such sharp boundaries between the regions, Spencer said. It is possible that the impact that created Herschel Crater melted surface ice and spread water across the moon. That liquid may have flash-frozen into a hard surface.

I'm gonna go ahead and go out on a limb and say Space Invaders had something to do with this. No? Okay how about Donkey Kong? I'M NOT GRASPING FOR STRAWS YOU'RE GRASPING FOR STRAWS. Or is that your peener? *swish*

'Pac-Man' in Space: 1980s Video Game Icon Glows on Saturn's Moon Mimas

Thanks to drew, Joe = Best Pag, Alex, Liam, Nam Som, Tim, Nick, Tony, Culley, john, PeteN, Curtis, Andy, Colin, Peter, The boy with the big face, Richie Rich, Guillaume and Gregatron, who are all convinced the Mooninites put Pac up to it.

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